Catalonia

Catalonia

I never realised how emotional I would feel over their referendum. Like so many others, I have been watching this build up for tomorrow’s vote, seen the arguments and tried to weigh up their and Spain’s actions against a future Scottish independence campaign. I knew I...
Catalonia Then and Now

Catalonia Then and Now

  “In Spain, the dead are more alive than the living”, Frederico Garcia Lorca – poet. I’ve lost count of the number of visits made to Spain, to all points of that vast multifarious, humble, exotic land, but not the memorable journey across it by car north to...
A Double Dealer? French trade and a Persian peace

A Double Dealer? French trade and a Persian peace

This week saw a momentous victory for the leadership of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his argument that in opening up to the West on Iran’s own terms, the nation could isolate the US as opposed to being isolated. For now, things seem to be going in his...