THE KING WHO’S STUCK IN  THE ORIENT

THE KING WHO’S STUCK IN THE ORIENT »

23 Dec, 2020
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King Juan Carlos, the father of the reigning King of Spain, Felipe VI, isn’t coming – can´t come – home for Christmas much as he wants to. Hard on the heels of headline-grabbing scandals, he has self-exiled in the United Arab Emirates since last summer. And now neither King Felipe nor Pedro Sanchez, President of Spain, feels comfortable having the octogenarian "King Emeritus" back. He used to be hero-worshipped, having engineered the way to a parliamentary monarchy after nearly four decades of the stultifying Franco dictatorship.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “CURRENT EVENTS…NEWS…BUSINESS/Civil Guards Still Adjusting to Democracy,” 31 May 1985

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “CURRENT EVENTS…NEWS…BUSINESS/Civil Guards Still Adjusting to Democracy,” 31 May 1985 »

13 Aug, 2020
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A news item about the Civil Guards (Guardia Civil) and how it is adjusting to parliamentary democracy in Spain ten years after the death of dictator Francisco Franco. During the dictatorship, the Guardia Civil was a reactionary element associated with internal surveillance and political repression. Once dedicated to repressing opposition to the Franco regime, the adjustment of the police, but, it seems, especially the Civil Guards to democratic rule was not always easy.

HOW THE GOOD OLD SPANISH TWO-PARTY SYSTEM GOT CLOBBERED

HOW THE GOOD OLD SPANISH TWO-PARTY SYSTEM GOT CLOBBERED »

6 May, 2019
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In just a decade, the predictable two-party environment in Spain fractured into a wide breadth of parties and ideologies and may never revert to the what-had-once-been. This will certainly make for a more chaotic system, but a more interesting one as well.

THE BASQUE COUNTRY & THE VASCOS – 3 (Guernica, the Path to Terror at the Reina Sofia Museum)

THE BASQUE COUNTRY & THE VASCOS – 3 (Guernica, the Path to Terror at the Reina Sofia Museum) »

7 Aug, 2017
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"Guernica, a terrifying mural oil painting of greys, whites, and blacks, was Picasso’s response to the aerial bombing of Guernica, a town in the Basque Country. With Guernica he took a leap into political discourse, reflecting the tremendous events that unfolded in the Basque town"

IT’S CONSTITUTION DAY, ¡VIVA ESPAÑA!

IT’S CONSTITUTION DAY, ¡VIVA ESPAÑA! »

6 Dec, 2016
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"Suddenly, life in the Spanish kingdom has acquired an entirely new framework, putting paid to a prolonged dictatorship which made it an international pariah. It was an electrifying moment in the modern history of Spain"

SPAIN IN OUR HEARTS, A Book Review

SPAIN IN OUR HEARTS, A Book Review »

11 Sep, 2016
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“One of the most poignant descriptions in the book is the farewell to the International Brigades as their battle is coming to a close. As they marched down the Diagonal in Barcelona 300,000 Spaniards wept, cheered, waved and threw flowers, confetti, and notes of thanks”

SPAIN IN THE EU: Thirty Years Just Yesterday!

SPAIN IN THE EU: Thirty Years Just Yesterday! »

9 Nov, 2015
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Come January 1, 2016 Spain will celebrate its 30th year in the EU. What has happened all these years? What will the future be?