Nov 282012
 
Euro rises as Catalan secession hopes falter

Welcome to the Pure FX account of the latest changes in the euro exchange rate, covering the 21th-28st November. This is meant as a brief guide to movements in the euro this week, to put you in the best position for when you exchange currencies. The euro continued its upward march against the pound and US dollar this week, meaning it’s climbed almost uninterrupted against both currencies for three weeks now. These gains were particularly […]

Nov 282012
 
The Catalan elections, a frustrating result for the independence movement

My very first impression of the results of the Catalonia elections was of disappointment, a historic opportunity slipping through our fingers. The hammering of CiU was totally unexpected and is probably the key to the outcome. NONE of the opinion polls predicted less that 60 seats in the Catalan parliament and most were moving around the 64/65 mark. I know pro-Catalan independence parties are an overwhelming majority, but they have lost the moral advantage. The […]

Nov 212012
 
Euro unchanged on Catalonia vote, Spain’s competitiveness

Welcome to the Pure FX account of the latest changes in the euro exchange rate, covering the 14th-21st November. This is meant as a brief guide to movements in the euro this week, to put you in the best position for when you exchange currencies. The euro sat all but unchanged against the pound this week, keeping to the 1.24 range, as it has done for almost four weeks now. Against the US dollar, the common […]

Nov 172012
 
Letter from Catalonia, the reasons for independence

A few personal reflections about the independence of Catalonia have come to mind, on this sunny but cold afternoon. Here in Catalonia, the political situation and forthcoming elections are dominating – everything to the practical exclusion of other topics, stories or information. Indeed the social media is on fire (@Beansof57), though I suppose that my choice of Followers/Following probably gives me a distorted view of the world. Up until very recently, hard-core support for the […]

Nov 142012
 
Letter from Catalonia, all just a question of time!

This was to become a potted summary of what make Catalans and Catalonia different – a short introduction to the customs, celebrations and folklore of Catalonia, which might not be widely known in the ‘Rest of the State’: the expression we use when ‘fondly’ referring to Spain. However, I finally decided on making it about one particular subject: Telling the Time. Now this may seem mundane because, give or take, everybody tells the time in […]

Oct 302012
 
Letter from Catalonia, the debate for independence

I have had dual nationality since, I think, around 1980 – and so my interest in Spanish current affairs and politics extends far beyond that of many expatriates.  Indeed, I have long been involved in local and regional politics in Catalonia and the shaping of policies here. Two events make me wonder how ex-pats living outside Catalonia see things and make me wonder about how opinions coincide or diverge about the independence of Catalonia Firstly, […]

Oct 262012
 
Letter from Catalonia

This is the first of what I hope will become a regular contribution to the already considerable scope of subjects broached on Culture Spain. I would like to give a little background, so that you know ‘where I am coming from’ and can judge my contributions with this information in mind. Certainly, I have a profound interest in economics, current and cultural matters, politics and social affairs and I have been living in the north-eastern […]