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Catalan Independence Leader’s Arrest in Germany Strengthens Rajoy’s Hand

March 27, 2018

Carles Puigdemont, the former president of Catalonia, was arrested in Germany on a Spanish international arrest warrant. The action will serve to harden positions on both sides of the independence fight in Spain, says Oberlin Prof. Sebastian Faber

Catalonia Independence Crisis Intensifies Spain’s Political Divide

January 17, 2018

Political parties in Spain are struggling to navigate an increasingly polarized political landscape, says Professor Sebastiaan Faber of Oberlin College

Spain Is Turning the Political Problem of Catalan Independence into a Judicial Issue

November 8, 2017

As Spain issues European arrest warrants for Catalan independence leaders who are in Belgium, the conflict is becoming a judicial matter when it really should be political, says Sebastian Faber

Spanish Judge Orders Arrests of Catalan Independence Leadership

November 3, 2017

A Spanish judge has detained eight former Catalan ministers and issued arrest warrants for Catalan leader Carles Puidgemont and his cabinet. Protesters have taken to the streets to demand their release. Professor Sebastiaan Faber has more from Madrid

Catalonia Vows to Resist Madrid’s Direct Rule

October 27, 2017

Expect to see acts of civil disobedience, resistance from public servants, and election boycotts in the weeks ahead – as well as criminal persecution of Catalonia’s political leaders, says Sebastiaan Faber of Oberlin College

Spain to Take ‘Nuclear Option’ on Catalonia

October 24, 2017

Spain’s central government went ‘even more nuclear than anybody had expected’ when it announced plans to completely strip Catalonia of its autonomy, says Professor Sebastiaan Faber of Oberlin College

Europe

September 13, 2017
One million people took to the streets in Barcelona to support Catalonian independence from Spain. The movement plans for a referendum on Oct. 1, in violation of a court ruling declaring the referendum unconstitutional, explains Carlos Delclos of Roar Magazine

Crisis en la Eurozona: El Rescate Español

June 16, 2012

Los líderes de la Unión Europea obligan al gobierno español a pedir prestados hasta 100.000 millones de euros para sanear la banca española. Pero ¿realmente va a ayudar a la economía española a salir de la crisis y reducir la alta tasa de desempleo?

Euro-Crisis Used to Destroy Social Contract

June 15, 2012
The leaders of the European Union have ordered the Spanish government to accept up to 100 billion Euros in loans to bail out its tail-spinning financial sector, but will this so-called "credit extension" really help pull the economy out of recession and curb soaring unemployment?