Smartening up

Virginia Raggi, a sharp contender EVEN fans of the Five Star Movement, an Italian political group often described as populist, maverick and anti-establishment, would never...

Fragged

WHEN polling stations closed on February 26th, Fine Gael and Labour, the two parties that have governed Ireland since 2011, were hoping for a...

China nostra

WHEN Liu Wang, the European head of the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), opened its branch in Madrid in 2011, he probably...

Fudging the revolution

AUGUSTO SANTOS SILVA, the foreign minister of Portugal’s three-month-old Socialist government, is a mild-mannered sociologist, not a firebrand. But this month he found himself...

Back to the bullring

WHEN Spaniards voted at a general election in December, they chose to change the way politics works. What they did not expect was that...

Mode d’emploi

Temp after temp IN HIS New Year message President François Hollande declared a double state of emergency in France: one to fight terrorism, the other...

Rebel, Rebel

ARTUR MAS spent five years as president of Catalonia leading its drive for independence but, for the most part, he was a pro-business centrist...

Less than ecstatic

AT HALF past two in the morning a dozen people queue in the freezing cold to get in to Tresor, a night club in...

Mezza mezza

IT SEEMS that some PIIGS can fly. During the euro crisis Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain looked wobbly and, because of their initials,...

Learning the hard way

That’s an ä not an å AFTER Aida Hadzialic’s parents fled war-torn Bosnia for Sweden in the early 1990s, they put their five-year-old daughter in...

The chore of the Spanish succession

IN MOST places, when 3,030 people take an up-or-down vote, some sort of decision will probably emerge. But one should never underestimate the contentiousness...

Down but not out

LESS than a minute into his speech and Albert Rivera, the leader of Ciudadanos, a centrist party that has stormed the barricades of Spanish...

Clean hands

IN MAY 2014 Isabel Carrasco was murdered as she walked across a footbridge over the Bernesga river in the north-western Spanish city of León....

The march of Europe’s little Trumps

KENT EKEROTH, a 34-year-old member of parliament for the far-right Sweden Democrats (SD) party, has a pithy response to the idea that immigration can...

Extreme tweeting

MOST politicians these days know how to compose a tweet and post a Facebook update; some are competentselfie-takers. Yet Europe’s mainstream lawmakers are badly...

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Catalan protests: Fresh clashes after The country jails separatist leaders

Clashes with police continued in Barcelona and other cities following the sentencing associated with separatists.

Catalonia crisis: Tempers fray as prison terms renew Spain row

Streets and rail links were cut and protests erupted after Catalan leaders were jailed for sedition.

Jail sentences cannot solve Catalonia’s problems

Politics reconciliation is needed in Spain, even if secessionists’ trial was legitimate

The country of spain hands out prison terms in order to nine pro-independence Catalan...

Best court sentences chief defendants in order to up to 13 years for sedition and other offences