Jim Lawley

Pedro Sanchez may come to regret passing Spain’s amnesty law

31 May 2024 9:09 pm

When has any nation’s government amnestied hundreds of people facing criminal charges in return for the votes that allow it…

Javier Milei won’t stop insulting Pedro Sanchez’s wife

21 May 2024 2:53 am

The Spanish ambassador in Buenos Aires was recalled to Madrid yesterday after Argentina’s president Javier Milei described the wife of…

Catalonia has gone cold on independence

14 May 2024 4:58 am

Is Catalonia’s independence movement dead in the water? Elections held in the region on Sunday reveal that support for separatist…

Do Spaniards have the right to eat in restaurants at midnight?

10 March 2024 5:00 pm

Yolanda Díaz, one of Spain’s deputy prime ministers, raised eyebrows during last summer’s election campaign when she arranged to be…

How Catalan separatists are taking control of immigration

19 January 2024 9:39 pm

In Spain’s general election last July, the right-wing Partido Popular and the even more right-wing Vox won 170 seats, just…

Why are the Spanish so loyal to the EU?

25 November 2023 5:50 pm

An upright Englishman, some years after marrying into a Spanish family, finally breaks his cardinal rule. In a moment of…

Pedro Sanchez’s grubby deal to stay in power

17 November 2023 12:39 am

In 2017 the Catalan premier, Carles Puigdemont, having first organised an illegal referendum and then declared unilateral independence from Spain,…

The Catalan volte face that has disgusted Spain

14 November 2023 10:10 pm

This weekend saw protests across Spain after the acting prime minister, socialist Pedro Sánchez, agreed to a general amnesty for…

Spaniards are horrified by an amnesty for separatists

8 November 2023 5:30 pm

When has a government ever offered an amnesty to fugitives from justice in order to stay in office? That’s what’s…

Can Spain’s monarchy survive?

1 November 2023 8:43 pm

‘We, who are as good as you, swear to you, who are no better than us, to accept you as…

Spain’s controlled anarchy

11 September 2023 12:05 am

Life expectancy in Spain is 83 years – amongst the highest in the world. Deep, trusting relationships with family and…

When will Spain’s political paralysis end?

24 July 2023 8:49 pm

Sunday’s general election in Spain was supposed to answer the question: will Spain be governed for the next four years…

How Spain’s politics succumbed to radicalism

22 July 2023 5:00 pm

If Spain’s left-wing government loses tomorrow’s general election, thousands of people including many senior civil servants stand to lose their…

Can Spain forgive Pedro Sánchez?

16 July 2023 5:30 pm

Voters in Spain’s general election on 23 July have a clear-cut choice. They can choose to continue with the left-wing coalition currently…

What the rise of Vox means for Spain

30 May 2023 1:37 am

Vox, the most right-wing of Spain’s mainstream political parties, has emerged considerably strengthened from Sunday’s local and regional elections. With…

Spain's shift towards the radical right

15 February 2022 12:35 am

Yesterday’s snap election in Castile-León, one of the 17 regional autonomies into which Spain is divided, was another excellent day…

Can Spain save its dying villages?

2 February 2022 11:55 pm

In a little village on the Spanish Meseta, I once asked an old lady about the next village some three…

Spain's growing culture war over General Franco

26 July 2021 8:00 pm

There are hundreds of mass graves dotted around the Spanish countryside. In roadside ditches, down hillside gullies, dumped in pits…

Spain's pardoning of Catalan separatists may backfire

22 June 2021 7:21 pm

In one of his adventures on the highways of 17th-century Spain, Don Quixote encounters a gang of prisoners ‘manacled and…

Is this a new dawn for the Spanish right?

6 May 2021 1:14 am

In Tuesday’s regional elections in Madrid, the right-wing Partido Popular emerged as by far the most successful party, more than…

Can Spain's Europhilism last?

11 April 2021 4:00 pm

‘Suppose a man be carried, whilst fast asleep, into a room where there is a person he longs to see…

Spain's anarchists are rioting

23 February 2021 6:00 pm

Michael Bakunin, the 19th century revolutionary Russian anarchist, identified Spain as the place where his creed was most likely to…

Catalonia’s grievance culture

16 February 2021 3:17 am

‘Scotland,’ declared the Times in 1856, is ‘manifestly a country in want of a grievance.’ The same could be said…

Can Spain's faith in the EU survive Covid?

30 January 2021 5:30 pm

According to ancient Moorish legend, when the world was created each land was given five wishes. Spain’s first four wishes…

The dark art of playing world-class Scrabble

21 November 2020 9:00 am

How to win at Scrabble