Standing in a Spanish Doorway

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Standing in a Spanish Doorway
A blog on social / public issues and cultural life in Catalonia and Spain.
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  • "A few sparks" -- My latest opinion column for Catalonia Today magazine 5 days ago Ambling through the modern centre of Sant Joan Despí [near Barcelona] recently, I came across a kind of historical relic barely seen in this era of celebrity websites, corporate sponsored blogs and fake news.Lying disregarded on an outdoor cafe table was a copy of a small magazine. I picked it up,...
  • "Why the left is failing in Europe (but not in the UK) and the need for a New Deal through DiEM2" 1 week ago "On BBC HARDtalk Stephen Sackur speaks to Yanis Varoufakis, Greece's radical leftist finance minister at the height of the economic crisis, and an advocate of a new global progressive politics. The old certainties in European politics are crumbling. Voters seem fed up with the long established...
  • "Crimes of solidarity' in Europe multiply -- 11 stand trial in Belgium for helping migrants" 2 weeks ago [The September 6, 2018, trial of 11 people who have helped migrants in Belgium has attracted a number of protesters. Photo: Melissa Vida. Used with permission.] "Eleven people who had been arrested and charged with human trafficking in October 2017 appeared in court in Brussels on September 6,...
  • "In Hungary Many Artists Have Left The Country" 3 weeks ago    "[This week] the European parliament has voted to trigger the EU's most serious disciplinary procedure against Hungary, saying the country’s government poses a “systematic threat” to democracy and the rule of law. Gergely Nagy writes about the impact of the political right on culture...
  • In Catalonia: "Major rise in politically motivated hate crime" 2 months ago "The number of incidents of politically motivated discrimination reported to the police has shot up in Catalonia, rising to 121 cases last year (of a total of 393 reports of hate motivated offences) compared with 54 in 2016. The 124% increase is attributed to “the major politicisation of a part...

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