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 “Catalonia Nears Default, Threatens Spain’s Debt” by Don Quijones

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The article is reprinted with permission of the author. The views expressed are exclusively those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by Common Sense.  The original article can be found here. Warning: In compliance with Spanish Intellectual Property law, Common Sense no longer quotes nor reproduces links to sites based in Spain. Verification […]

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Implications of European Disunion on Small State Independence

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Eight years after the eruption of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, the European Union has failed to regain even a semblance of normalcy. Unlike the United States, which has returned to something approximating full employment[1], many member states remain stuck with stubbornly high unemployment, locked in deflation and experiencing almost non-existent economic […]

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 Deloitte About to Pay for its Spanish Sins? by Don Quijones

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Original article by Don Quijones, Spain & Mexico, editor at WOLF STREET. The views expressed are exclusively those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by Common Sense.   Spain’s two biggest bankruptcies ever, Bankia (2011-2012) and Abengoa (2015-?), share one thing in common: their auditor. In both cases, the New York-based big-four firm […]

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Catalonia Update: Independence Back on Track After Last Minute Reprieve

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The rollercoaster ride of Catalan politics took another stomach-churning twist today as the moribund independence movement suddenly received a last minute reprieve in an unexpected fashion. After months of stalled negotiations on who should become the President of Catalonia’s regional goverment, the two separatist parties finally broke the impasse preventing a deal with only hours […]

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“White Elephant Inc: This is What I Love about Spain” by Don Quijones

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  Original article by Don Quijones, Spain & Mexico, editor at WOLF STREET. The views expressed are exclusively those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by Common Sense.   No risks, all rewards – the perfect business model! December 22 was Christmas Lottery day in Spain. The so-called El Gordo (the fat one) is a […]

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2016: The Year of Ungovernability (Part 1)

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As if last year was not rowdy enough, 2016 has already opened on a new note of ungovernability that promises to surpass what we’ve seen before. No new themes have been exposed, though they will surely come up; but the deep fractures that governments and institutions are desperately attempting to paper over continue to wreak […]

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Spanish Fragmentation Continues After Election

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Spain celebrated general elections on Sunday the 20th of December and the result was an even worse than predicted fragmentation of the political landscape[1]. Although the governing Partido Popular of Mariano Rajoy won the greatest number of seats, the scandal-ridden party fell well short of the majority of 173 seats needed to form a government. […]

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Syria is the New Spanish Civil War

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The Syrian Civil War, the fight against the Islamic State, the anarchy in Yemen, terrorist bombings in Lebanon and Kuwait, the renewal of hostilities between Turkish authorities and the PKK: these events cannot be viewed in isolation. Although each has its own unique and specific causes, actors and circumstances, they all must be viewed through […]

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Ceuta to Moscow: “Send More Russians” by Alex Calvo

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Ceuta Port Authority reports 50 Russian ships docked in the city in 2010-2014 Alex Calvo is an expert on defense and security in the Indian-Pacific Ocean Region. He tweets at Alex__Calvo and his work can be found here. The article is reprinted with permission of the author. The views expressed are exclusively those of the author […]

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Rumors of New Bank Bailouts in Spain by Don Quijones

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The article is a reprint of an article by By Don Quijones, Spain & Mexico, editor at WOLF STREET. The views expressed are exclusively those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by Common Sense.   Spain will hold do-or-die general elections on December 20. The Rajoy government hopes that recent improvements in economic performance […]

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