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Sweden and China: an old friendship that turned sour

On May 9th, 1950 Sweden became the first Western country to establish diplomatic relations with the communist People's Republic of China (PRC), proclaimed by...

The Spanish Ministry of Truth

On September 15th, 2020 the Spanish Council of Ministers approved the Draft Bill of Democratic Memory that will punish those who disagree with the...

VOX motion of no-confidence against Pedro Sánchez fails

As expected, on October 22nd, 2020 the motion of no-confidence filed by the conservative party VOX failed after a heated two-day debate in the...

The planned assault of Spain’s General Council of the Judiciary

By trying to hastily reform the way appointments are made to Spain’s judicial regulatory body, the General Council of the Judiciary (Consejo General del...

The sunset in Valencia and the city’s decay

I live near the beach and still try to go there every late afternoon for a short swim in the Mediterranean. The water got...

Spanish government presents its version of civil war history

On September 15th, 2020 the Spanish Council of Ministers approved the Draft Bill of Democratic Memory that will repeal the controversial, very one-sided Law...

How low can the Spanish Prime Minister fall?

Responding to a question in the Spanish Senate by a member of EH Bildu, the parliamentary extension of ETA, the former Basque terrorist group...

Second-highest-ranking Czech official ends six-day Taiwan visit

From August 30th to September 4th, 2020 a 89-member delegation from the Czech Republic, headed by Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil, which also included...

Taiwanese tourists still excluded from the EU, but not the UK

On March 9th, 1973 ideological foes Francoist Spain and Maoist China established diplomatic relations. The Spanish Embassy in Taipei, in what was then known...

When Angela Merkel annoyed the Rolling Stones

About a month before the general election in Germany on September 18th, 2005, in which then opposition leader Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic...

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