Tag Archives: Spain

Open letter from a Eurocitizen living in London: Brits, vote for #Brexit.

This post was published first in Open Democracy. I have lived in England for nearly five years, mostly in London, but for personal reasons I have also become familiar with other parts of the country as well. I have always … Continue reading

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Why does the Basque Country seem so quiet about independence nowadays?

This article was published first in Open Democracy. Basque nationalism has never held more institutional power. Together, the Basque moderate nationalist party (PNV) and the pro-independence left (Bildu, “Unite”) hold 60% of the vote and 64% of the seats (48/75) … Continue reading

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Right to housing in Spain: What have the Romans ever done for us?

Should we say thousands, tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands? I must admit we were not sure how to start the report Evicted Rights: Right to Housing and Mortgage Evictions in Spain, published by Amnesty International – Spain on … Continue reading

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Against the criminalisation of foreign fighters with the discourse of terrorism

Last week, interior ministers of the 15 countries sitting at the UN Security Council met to discuss foreign fighters. They did so as part of the follow-up of Resolution 2178 (2014), which defines foreign fighters as people “who travel or attempt … Continue reading

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What human rights norms do Western European countries promote? #TimeToAct

William Hague and Angelina Jolie are hosting a global summit in London to put an end to sexual violence in conflict (follow #TimeToAct). In June 2013, Madrid hosted the 5th world conference on (against) death penalty. It was organised by … Continue reading

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The future of the “Parot doctrine” and the one thing that Spain can teach the UK

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights issued today its judgment of the case Del Río Prada v. Spain. By 15 votes to 2, the Court held that Spain has violated Article 7 (no punishment without law) … Continue reading

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The UK, Spain and Gibraltar: Two bald men fighting over a comb

Witnessing the last collision between the UK and Spain over Gibraltar, three thoughts pop up in my mind. Two bald men fighting over a comb. Borges’ view about the Falklands/Malvinas war turns to be quite useful to speak about Gibraltar … Continue reading

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