SEVEN BEST COUNTRIES TO SETTLE IN AFTER THE PANDEMIC

SEVEN BEST COUNTRIES TO SETTLE IN AFTER THE PANDEMIC »

15 Sep, 2020
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The pandemic confinement gave people time to ponder their way of life and, accordingly, their place of residence. Spain, next to the UK, is a top choice of those thinking of moving to a new country when the coast is clear. France comes third.

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.

A Second Opinion: August Lulls and Summer Reading

A Second Opinion: August Lulls and Summer Reading »

10 Aug, 2020
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Sitting under the shade of the trees in the pleasant summer weather, I find watching the squirrels and bluejays getting a drink and a bath in the birdbath sometimes just as fascinating as reading about Meditation, but still I am learning something new and improving my attitude in this locked-down world. If anything we have been given time to spend doing things at home we don’t normally do—Like READ!

SPAIN: THE KING WHO LEFT THE PALACE AND WALKED OUT ON THE QUEEN

SPAIN: THE KING WHO LEFT THE PALACE AND WALKED OUT ON THE QUEEN »

5 Aug, 2020
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THE royal letter, from king to king: “A year ago, I spoke to you of my wish and desire to withdraw from institutional functions. Now, guided by the conviction to provide the best service to the Spaniards, their institutions, and to you as King, I am informing you of my well-considered decision to leave Spain at this point.” But what about the wife?

GUIDEPOST LOVES GOOD NEWS: The EU Approves its Own Marshall Plan* Following the Devastating Corona Pandemic!

GUIDEPOST LOVES GOOD NEWS: The EU Approves its Own Marshall Plan* Following the Devastating Corona Pandemic! »

28 Jul, 2020
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European Commission President Charles Michel: “This is a good deal. This is a strong deal. And most importantly, this is the right deal for Europe. We negotiated about money. But, of course, it is about a lot more than money. It is about workers and families, their jobs, their health and their well-being. I believe this agreement will be seen as a pivotal moment in Europe’s journey, but it will also launch us into the future. That is the magic of the European project”

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “OF DONKEYS AND ELEPHANTS, The Time When Spain Sent a Donkey to Washington – George, That Is,” 19 December 1980

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “OF DONKEYS AND ELEPHANTS, The Time When Spain Sent a Donkey to Washington – George, That Is,” 19 December 1980 »

24 Jul, 2020
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A reprint of Eric Beerman’s article in GUIDEPOST on the eve of Ronald Reagan’s induction to the U.S. Presidency in January 1981. The historical event takes Mr Beerman back to the time when George Washington was a gentleman farmer at Mount Vernon just after the American Revolution. The general asked for the famed Spanish donkey which he got but only after some protracted exercise in cloak-and-dagger diplomacy.

THE PICAREQUE SPANISH & THE PANDEMIC FACE MASK

THE PICAREQUE SPANISH & THE PANDEMIC FACE MASK »

23 Jul, 2020
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The Spanish is nothing if not picaresque. It’s there in the underpinnings of his national icons. However, the latest survey by the Sociological Research Center shows that not only do most Spaniards believe the measures adopted by the government to contain the corona pandemic were necessary; now  that the lockdown  has been lifted, they want the authorities to impose stricter controls,  including a re-imposition of confinement, where needed. A near-perfect
unanimity  of  deeds  and sentiments, and quite a departure from what one would  normally expect from the highly individualistic picaros.

BUSKERS BOWL ‘EM OVER IN SPAIN!

BUSKERS BOWL ‘EM OVER IN SPAIN! »

18 Jul, 2020
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Face masks and vertical social distancing, and other amazing feats!

HOW AMERICANS MAY VOTE IN THE 2020 ELECTIONS VIA THE U.S. EMBASSY OR CONUSLAR AGENCIES IN SPAIN

HOW AMERICANS MAY VOTE IN THE 2020 ELECTIONS VIA THE U.S. EMBASSY OR CONUSLAR AGENCIES IN SPAIN »

12 Jul, 2020
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You’re an expat in Spain who intends to vote in the upcoming November 2020 elections? Here’s an important how-to straight from the ultimate authority on the matter.

GUIDEPOST LOVES GOOD NEWS. SPAIN’S PRIME MINISTER: “The hardest part is behind us”

GUIDEPOST LOVES GOOD NEWS. SPAIN’S PRIME MINISTER: “The hardest part is behind us” »

7 Jun, 2020
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PEDRO SÁNCHEZ: “The great wave of the pandemic has now passed and all of Spain has gained a firm foothold in the transition towards the new normality. The light is clearer and we can now see light at the end of the tunnel.”