Jim Lawley

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

Will Spain’s nation of rogues comply with the curfew?

27 October 2020 3:27 am

A few years ago, when I was in the queue to catch a plane, a Spanish lady caught me watching…

Spain’s politics is fraying

23 October 2020 6:03 pm

‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’ Philosopher George Santayana’s dictum is starting to look more…

Spain’s bureaucracy may not survive Covid

13 October 2020 2:47 am

Sancho Panza’s long-cherished ambition was to become a politician. He wanted to be installed as governor of an island; Don…

Does Catalonia really want independence?

8 September 2020 4:00 pm

In 1714, after a long siege, Spain managed to regain control of Barcelona after the War of Spanish Succession. Catalan…

Juan Carlos' exile may not save the Spanish monarchy

4 August 2020 7:37 pm

In the ‘bad bank’ model, a bank protects itself by dumping its toxic assets onto a second, newly-created institution. By…

Spain's fiendishly complex rules for easing the lockdown

4 May 2020 8:32 pm

Once upon a time, when travel was still allowed, I checked into a small hotel in back-of-beyond Extremadura, in South-West…

Spain faces a political reckoning after its coronavirus crisis

30 March 2020 5:37 pm

Here in Spain we have proper lockdown. We’re not ‘allowed out once a day for exercise’ over here. ‘You Brits…