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I Left My Heart (And Phone/Wallet/Camera) In Barcelona

J.J. Stranko | Posted 07.20.2016 | Travel
J.J. Stranko

Now that I've become a source of recommendations and itinerary planning for the Catalan capital, I've become ever more aware that the city has developed a deserved and depressing reputation for opportunistic theft.

Spain Breaks With Its Past

Montserrat Domínguez | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
Montserrat Domínguez

spain elections The 20D vote has thus opened the door to no less than three extremely complex and uncertain scenarios. The only certainty about this election is that the country broke with its past.

Catalonia Votes To Begin Secession From Spain

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 11.09.2015 | World

Catalonia's regional assembly voted on Monday in favor of a resolution to split from Spain, energizing a drive towards independence and deepening a st...

On The Results And Significance Of The Catalan Elections

Montserrat Domínguez | Posted 09.30.2015 | World
Montserrat Domínguez

These elections show an unprecedented divide in Catalan society. Politicians and policies capable of healing wounds and weaving a new space for coexistence are needed. Catalonia, as of now, is at the center of the campaign for the general election.

Getting the Stake Out in Catalonia

Germán Cano | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Germán Cano

This process can't be fought politically by attracting and seeking more allies, but always from a popular "particularism" that respects the feelings and values of the Catalan nation and does not easily limit itself to denouncing them as obstacles.

Solidarity or Self-interest? European Integration and the German Question

David Miles | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
David Miles

The challenge for the European Union and its member states, particularly Germany, is in balancing the often incongruous demands of co-operation and self-interest, and thus demonstrate to their own citizens that concrete achievements can still create a Europe of solidarity and prosperity as Schuman envisaged.

9 Totally Weird Holiday Traditions Around the World

Findery | Posted 02.10.2015 | Travel
Findery

There are hundreds of holiday traditions around the globe, many of which you've probably never heard of -- the giant goat made of hay (Sweden), the witch that brings candy (Italy), the burning pile of dirt (Guatemala).

Spain's Catalans Vote For Independence In Symbolic Ballot

Reuters | Posted 01.10.2015 | World

By Inmaculada Sanz BARCELONA, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Close to two million Catalans voted on Sunday in favor of seceding from Spain, the reg...

Scotland and Catalonia: Fraternal But Not Twins

David Morris | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
David Morris

Scotland and Catalonia are brothers in arms. Independence movement leaders communicate regularly. On September 18, when Scotland voted on uncoupling from the United Kingdom Catalans were there.

Catalonia Pushes Ahead With Independence Referendum Plan

Reuters | Posted 12.03.2014 | World

By Tracy Rucinski and Emma Pinedo MADRID, Oct 3 (Reuters) - The leader of Catalonia has set up a panel to supervise a contested indep...

Independence Movements in Europe: Scotland Is Tip of the Iceberg

Rob McNamara | Posted 11.16.2014 | World
Rob McNamara

Some of these are well known like those in the Basque Country, Catalonia and Flanders. Others are much more surprising -- for example, hands up if you really knew about the Venetian and Bavarian independence movements?

Spain Looks To Be Next In Line For Independence Movement

The Guardian | Posted 09.16.2014 | World

As the campaign for Scottish independence enters its final week, Catalonia is launching the next phase in its attempt to break away from Spain. On Mon...

Alex Salmond's Kamikaze Negotiating is a Millstone Round Scotland's Neck

David Miles | Posted 10.27.2014 | World
David Miles

John Swinney, the Finance Secretary for Scotland has repeated the SNP government's threat to walk away from Scotland's share of the UK debt.

7 Amazing Places Where People Are (Literally) Living On The Edge

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 06.09.2014 | Travel

Some people may think they like "living on the edge," but there are a few places around the world where people are doing just that. Check out the ...

Hello, Dali! Spain's Bad Boy Is Back

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 04.16.2014 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

What's old and new is the enigmatic Spanish painter Salvador Dali (1904-1989), who made the sorry mistake of being born before his time.

Where Wishes Come True

Findery | Posted 03.09.2014 | Travel
Findery

Make a wish and blow out your birthday candles. See a shooting star, stop what you are doing, and offer your longings to the universe. These are wish-making tactics for wherever you may be, but what of the places that have a strong history of wish lore?

What We Can Learn From The Basque

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 02.23.2014 | World
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

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 te...

Catalans Form Human Chain To Press For Independence

Reuters | Posted 11.11.2013 | World

By Julien Toyer BARCELONA, Spain, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Catalans held hands in a 400-km (250-mile) human chain ...

A Catalonian Feast-ival (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 06.22.2013 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Located about 50 kilometers from Barcelona, Manresa is a small, laid back Catalonian city. It has its picturesque Old Section as well as an impressive...

Amazing Shots Of The Human Tower Competition

Posted 04.08.2013 | Arts

The Concurs de Castells, or the human tower competition in Catalonia, Spain, is a spectacle to behold. Hundreds of men, women and children -- official...

The Meaning of the Catalan Election

Antonio Roldán Monés | Posted 02.02.2013 | World
Antonio Roldán Monés

In the wake of a huge pro-independence rally in Barcelona on September 11, Catalan president Artur Mas decided to call an election two years ahead of schedule. The result was an extraordinary fiasco.

Reasons to Stay Together

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jasmina Tesanovic

Where is the good in the atomization of the world? In building walls, constructing differences, implementing ideologies, confronting religions, imposing control through language? We have plenty of experience of that.

Town Finds Possible Unemployment Solution

Posted 02.28.2012 | World

With unemployment rates approaching 23 percent, according to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, Spain has unquestionably fallen on tough econ...

PHOTOS: An Old Favorite And A New One In Barcelona

Edward Schneider | Posted 04.02.2012 | Travel
Edward Schneider

My wife Jackie and I have never been ones to flee wintery New York weather and head for sunny climes, but I must admit that it was nice to take off from JFK airport in January's sub-freezing temperatures and arrive in Barcelona.

VOTE: Is Spain's Move To Protect Bullfighting Wrong?

The Huffington Post | Travis Korte | Posted 10.01.2011 | Arts

Bullfighting in Spain, so fundamental to the country's identity but so vehemently opposed by many of its citizens, won a victory this week with a recl...