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Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort has earned graduate degrees in engineering, business administration, financial economics, financial engineering (Berkeley), economic development (The London School of Economics), and public administration (Columbia). He has worked in the technology sector in Madrid, Paris and Stuttgart and in the financial industry in New York and London.

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The Future of Europe

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 2:44 PM

The story of the European Union is short and promising. Or perhaps I should have written "was short and promising." We all know the devastation wars that are behind the success story of first The European Coal and Steel Community, then European Community, now European Union. Perhaps in the absence...

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Felipe the Bastard King

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 10:41 PM

"Mi gozo en un pozo" reads a well-known Spanish refrain to perfectly depict when one's joy falls and sinks in a well. This is my impression of Spain, its people and a character after devoting five full-time years to analyze the country's major faults.

Some may judge from my tone...

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South Africa Must Look Forward After Mandela

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 11:27 AM

There have been key figures throughout history that have been extremely influential in a country's destiny. Nelson Mandela is one such figure. This blog post suggests that South Africa must learn to look forward or otherwise it risks falling in a trap where certain nations have fallen, a trap of...

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What We Can Learn From The Basque

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2013 | 10:46 AM

This blog explains what Portugal and Spain can learn from the Basque. The Basque Country is one of Spain's 17 Autonomous Communities in the current territorial arrangement negotiated in Spain in the aftermath of Francisco Franco Bahamonde's death on 20 November 1975. Franco was the fascist dictator who ruled Spain...

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The Republic's King

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 1:06 PM

Portugal is one of Europe's oldest nations. It became a Kingdom when it split from the Kingdom of León in 1143. It has been a Republic since 1910. As in many other Republics there is a heir to the throne who claims to be the legitimate successor of the once...

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Why I Embrace Integration

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 3:46 PM

This article explains the meaning behind integration and why I think it is important for the transition from today's world to a world without extreme poverty, a world characterized by food abundance and universal health care, education, water and sanitation. There is one premise in the reasoning: that if integration...

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Andalusia's New Generation?

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 1:11 PM

Andalusia, the largest and most populated autonomous community (let me rather say federal state) in Spain, has recently switched presidents, from the former José Antonio Griñán to the current Susana Díaz. Many voices claim in Spain's Socialist Party that a new generation of leaders is taking over. This article reviews...

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The Plural of German is "Germen"

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2013 | 2:57 PM

This article explains why the plural of German is "Germen" or otherwise written Germ-men. The Germen along with the Britons like to call us in Southern Europe "Pigs." Let me be sarcastic this time and return the joke to the disciplined, hard-working and strict people of Deutschland über alles.


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Why Felipe Must Go

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 3:30 AM

This article explains why Felipe must go or face the challenge of a radical turnaround in governance. Felipe is the son of King Juan Carlos I, the Monarch of Spain since Spain transitioned to democracy from Franco's dictatorship in the aftermath of his death on November 20th 1975.

I was...

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Why José Saramago Was Right

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 7:24 PM

José Saramago, one of Portugal's best writers ever, and the only one who has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1998, anticipated in an interview by Portugal's Diario de Noticias on July 14th 2007, that Portugal would end up integrating with Spain in a new state he would...

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Why Spain Sucks

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 5:18 PM

The reason why today's Spain sucks is straightforward: it is a country of Suckers. Historically this attitude towards southern Europe has been typical of countries like France in the 1980s and 1990s and now Germany. It is time to acknowledge that we have what we deserve. The French used to...

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Why Spain Will Never Be A True Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 10:15 AM

Spain is unlikely to become a real democracy in the absence of major changes in the operating system or an upgrade of the operating system itself. It is not possible to understand this statement without having a thorough comprehension of the character or in other words idiosyncrasy of Spaniards as...

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Spain's Deep Recession

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 12:41 PM

Spain is in deep recession not only economic-wise, but from every other point of view. Nothing works well in the Kingdom, not even the Monarchy. Profound changes are necessary if Spaniards wish to have any future at all.

Spain's leadership is broken. The two major political parties are filled with...

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The Perfect Place to Write

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2011 | 3:20 PM

Finding the inspiration and the creativity to continue the journey of our lifetime requires a flexible mindset and the ability to imagine unheard of scenarios able to enable the travel in time. Traveling and exposing one's daily living to a variety of thinking approaches can only enhance the ability and...

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The Iberio

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2010 | 3:18 PM

Spain is undergoing a severe economic downturn and recession perhaps more acute than that of other European countries of the so-called periphery. Contrary to other past recessions Spain has been unable to depreciate its former Peseta in order to become more competitive, boost exports and reduce unit labor costs. Here...

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The Elegant Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 5:13 PM

Capitalism and democracy seem to be suffering from a strong crisis of identity, of declining importance and decadency. The once upon a time happy existence of a system considered the de facto approach in Western countries seems to be at the end of a cycle. In what direction should capitalism...

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The Truth About Spain's Politics

(3) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 2:58 PM

The political landscape in Europe is not exciting. Right-wing leaders in France and Italy or left-wing leaders in Spain lack the leadership, communication skills and charisma of the statists of the 1980s and early 1990s that drove towards monetary union and the ambitious expansion to Eastern Europe.

The picture is...

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New European Immigration Policy Trend

(2) Comments | Posted July 6, 2010 | 11:27 AM



Between 1950 and 1975, the average annual rate of population growth in Europe was 8.4 per 1,000 inhabitants, a rate that has decreased to 2.9 per 1,000 inhabitants in the subsequent quarter-century. Statistics issued by the Council...

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A Sleeping Society

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2010 | 3:48 PM

The western world has become a sleeping society that lives off the legacy of the great men of the twentieth century. We have lost the vision, the ambition, the ability to dream of past generations that reacted on time based on the atrocities of the two World Wars that were...

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The Custodians of Civilization

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2010 | 12:32 PM

"We of this generation did not create the civilization of which we are part and, only too obviously, it is not we who are destined to complete it. We are not the owners of the planet we inhabit; we are only its custodians."
--George F. Kennan, Memoirs 1950-1963


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