Business over Tapas August 9 2018 Nº 268

09 Agosto 2018  Sección; Especiales 1102 votos

Editorial:

All these immigrants washing ashore, hiding in the glove-box over on the ferry or climbing over the high (yet oddly un-electrified) fence into Spain’s North African city-states. They are hungry in the Sub-Sahara and they are looking for a better life. Many of them will end up with jobs that no European will do – from working for a pittance in the plastic farms of Almería to importuning irritated tourists on the beach who already have a pair of sun glasses, thank you.

Business over Tapas August 2 2018 Nº 267

02 Agosto 2018  Sección; Especiales 903 votos

Editorial:

We were going to run an editorial on the wretched taxi-drivers and their inconvenient strike – based on the ‘unfair competition’ provided by cheaper services like Cabify and Uber. But, Spain is so much better than this. Here’s The Economist making precisely this point in a special report published last week called ‘Can Spain become a normal European country?’ The introduction ends with ‘...The consensus underlying the 1978 constitution was that Spain should become a normal European country. It was a rejection of the idea that “Spain is different”, in the words of a Franco-era tourist poster.

Business over Tapas July 26 2018 Nº 266

26 Julio 2018  Sección; Especiales 735 votos

Editorial:

Spain has been involved in the past couple of years with a serious examination on how it treats its women. The subject is very important, and rape, physical harm or threat, unequal pay, different rules and habits should not be considered acceptable in a civilised nation. The new government is closer to society’s demands on the treatment of women in Spain and much is being made, for example, of the ‘manada’ creatures who raped a young woman two years ago in the San Fermín fiestas in Pamplona. A few later cases have also talked of manadas, predatory ‘herds’, involved here and there in group rape (regardless of what word the judges might prefer). Sex should be understood within the bounds of ‘no means no’, but to extend this – as now proposed by the vice-president Carmen Calvo – to ‘yes means yes’ is a trifle silly. We must stay within the realms of common sense.

Business over Tapas July 19 2018 Nº 265

19 Julio 2018  Sección; Especiales 816 votos

Editorial:

It must be hard being Royalty in Spain. A dynasty returned to the front line by Francisco Franco himself. If Juan Carlos I was popular at the onset, and more so following his defence of democracy following the attempted coup of Antonio Tejero (who is still going strong by the way) and others back in 1981 (Wiki), then his later exploits have seriously dimmed that zeal among his erstwhile subjects. While much could be said for his good points, the business with the elephants in Botswana, the girlfriend on the side in the Mallorca palace and now, the apparent revelations of his commissions and business dealings have put his popularity at an all time low. No wonder, we might think, that he abdicated when he did. Indeed, the future of the Bourbons is now held by Felipe VI, who, to give him his due, has proved to be an able and blameless Monarch.

Music of the Loom

19 Julio 2018  Sección; Especiales 548 votos

Weaving has a long connection to music, particularly in Ireland. We talked to Tommy Sands - singer, songwriter, broadcaster, and member of touring group The Sands Family - about how the rhythm of the loom is deeply engrained into folk music. 

Business over Tapas July 5 2018 Nº 263

05 Julio 2018  Sección; Especiales 968 votos

Editorial:

We are defended from the threat of ‘invasive species’ by laws, the Ministry of the Environment and the sterling is sometimes arbitrary work of the ecologists. Without them, Spain would be full of peculiar animals, fish, birds and plant-life.

As we know, it pretty much is anyway.

Business over Tapas June 28 2018 Nº 262

28 Junio 2018  Sección; Especiales 1222 votos

Editorial:

Being on the mailing list of most newspapers and a number of political organisations, Business over Tapas recently received a notice from la Asociación de Municipios en Defensa del Desarrollo Sostenible y contra la Despoblación about the dying villages of Almería.

Business over Tapas June 21 2018 Nº 261

21 Junio 2018  Sección; Especiales 1016 votos

Editorial:

Pedro Sánchez appears not to be enjoying the usual hundred days afforded to new leaders in Spain, at least by the Media and the opposition parties – but the voting public however appear to like him. His cabinet – usually these things can take a month to resolve – was chosen in just a few days, and already one of his ministers has fallen on his sword.

Business over Tapas June 7 2018 Nº 260

07 Junio 2018  Sección; Especiales 1053 votos

*Next week, Business over Tapas is taking a break. We return on June 21st.

Dublin.– Language learning has the potential to build empathy between groups in conflict and help revise destructive understandings of history, according to researchers in Trinity College Dublin, who have conducted a study of the Turas Irish-language centre in East Belfast.


Acto de inauguración na Facultade de Filoloxía

O reitor da Universidade de Santiago, Juan Viaño, inaugurou este xoves o XVII Congreso Internacional da Asociación Española de Estudos Irlandeses, un encontro anual que reúne a todas aquelas persoas que comparten o interese pola historia, sociedade, arte e literatura de Irlanda, co obxectivo de intercambiar información sobre esta cultura.

Business over Tapas Mat 24 2018 Nº 258

24 Mayo 2018  Sección; Especiales 783 votos

Editorial:

As more former members of the Partido Popular’s hierarchy are falling from grace (Zaplana, Juan Cotino and Fernández de Moya so far this week, and Pablo Casado under investigation for his fake master’s), the biggest story in the right-wing news remains the house that the Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias has bought with his wife (Podemos speaker Irene Montero) and their unborn twins. The house is rather grand (pictures here), with a pool and a garden and is located on the edge of Madrid in an expensive neighbourhood. It’s not so much the price – 600,000€ – that’s galling or even that they have taken out a huge mortgage to pay for it, but the duplicity of a leader of the masses buying a palace rather than living in a garret in a poor part of Madrid.

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