Regions / Spain
The new Spanish government has a mixed record on both austerity and regional democracy. To stay in power, it'll have to do better on both.
Voters can't tell the difference between the center left and the center right, and they don't want either.
Ireland is a small player, but it has much to teach its neighbors now suffering extremism, division, and debt.
From Catalonia to Kurdistan, long simmering regions are clamoring for their own states. But what good is being a state anymore?
Spain's Catalonia region votes for independence this fall. For some, it's a referendum on austerity policies that have crippled economies all over Europe.
From Barcelona to Charlottesville, there’s an obvious double standard in how Trump treats terrorism. But let’s be careful how we talk about it.
If Europe's economic situation fails to improve, the far right will be waiting to pounce again with their easy answers: nationalism and racism.
As national governments lurch to the right, a radical citizens coalition is Barcelona is showing how ordinary people can reclaim control of their communities.
For leftist critics of the EU, reform looks unlikely — but aligning with right-wing Euroskeptics looks worse. Maybe there's a third option.
This year's lowlights from world politics, the culture wars, and the military-industrial complex.