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An independent Catalonia: practicalities of leaving Spain

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Catalonia has much of the paraphernalia of statehood, but seceding from Spain as Britains Brexit process has shown wont be straightforward The immediate practical consequences of Catalan independence like those of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal would have far-reaching implications for the region, its businesses and its people. As with warnings of City firms fleeing a hard Brexit, industry is already alarmed: half a dozen Spanish companies, including major banks, are Show Hide The Spanish government argues that any referendum on Catalan independence would be illegal because the countrys 1978 constitution makes no provision for […]

Corrupt Brazilian tycoon among applicants for Portugal’s golden visas

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Leaked documents also show relatives of an Angolan politician accused of bribery bought access to Europe via Portugal Business executives implicated in a Brazilian corruption scandal and relatives of an Angolan politician who has been accused of bribery have secretly bought access to Europe via the government of Portugal. A businessman sentenced to 18 years under house arrest and the former president of a scandal-ridden construction conglomerate are also among those named in a leaked document as having paid hundreds of thousands of euros in their pursuit of a golden visa in Portugal. The news follows Europe under EU rules. […]

Tory Brexit policy is chaotic. The fightback must begin at once | David Miliband

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Democracy did not end in June last year. It is essential MPs have a say on the future or the country may be driven off a cliff For many years Britons and Americans have been proud of the quality of their governance. Yet today our politics and government are setting new standards for dysfunction. Rather than stability and global leadership there is confusion. The US is suffering from a serious inability to legislate. There is a genuine risk of the country defaulting on its debts. Jeb Bush called Donald Trump the chaos candidate, but as the American writer even on […]

Italy heads to the polls: ‘We are playing for the next 20 years’ Renzi

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Voters to decide between the political establishment and rising populist forces in referendum that could see Renzi resign Italians are heading to the polls to vote on a referendum that is seen as a test of rising populist forces in the country against the political establishment, in a contest that could end in the resignation of centre-left prime minister, Matteo Renzi. Voters are deciding whether or not to approve sweeping changes to Italys constitution and parliamentary system, reforms that Renzi has argued would increase political stability and give the government more flexibility to tackle enduring economic problems. In 48 hours, […]

Brexit vote sparks rush of British Jews seeking Portuguese passports

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More Sephardic Jews are applying for citizenship of Portugal under law making amends for expulsion centuries ago The Spanish government said the offer of citizenship was intended to right the historical wrong that saw the countrys Jewish community exiled, forced to convert to Catholicism or burned at the stake. Portugal said that while there was no way to make up for what had been done, the offer of citizenship represented Jewish Community of Oporto which, along with the Lisbon Jewish community, is certifying applicants demand from the UK has soared since 23 June. Dr Michael Rothwell, a delegate to the […]

Spain drops plan to impose veto if Scotland tries to join EU

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Foreign minister says Madrid remains opposed to an independent Scotland but would not block any EU application Spain has said it would not veto an attempt by an independent Scotland to join the EU, in a boost to Nicola Sturgeons campaign for a second independence referendum and the clearest sign yet that Brexit has softened Madrids longstanding opposition. Alfonso Dastis, the Spanish foreign minister, made it clear that the government would not block an independent Scotlands EU hopes, although he stressed that Madrid would not welcome the disintegration of the UK. He also said Edinburgh would have to whether Spain […]

Globalisation: the rise and fall of an idea that swept the world

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The long read: Its not just a populist backlash many economists who once swore by free trade have changed their minds, too. How had they got it so wrong? The annual January gathering of the World Economic Forum in Donald Trump, who vowed to withdraw from major trade deals, appeared to jeopardise the trading relationships of the worlds richest country. Forthcoming elections in France and Germany suddenly seemed to bear the possibility of anti-globalisation parties garnering better results than ever before. The barbarians werent at the gates to the ski-lifts yet but they werent very far. In a panel titled […]
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