When is a vote for self-determination legitimate? – Catalonia, Spain and the 1st October referendum

On the 1st of October, Catalonia – one of Spain’s richest regions – had a referendum. It was quickly declared as ‘unconstitutional’ by Constitutional Court of Spain since the country’s 1978 Constitution affirms the ‘unity of the state’ – but this is hardly surprising. What is surprising, however, is that despite the initial excitement and commotion that it inspired, the referendum does […]

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Should Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour learn from Podemos?

Straight-talking, anti-establishment, fiercely anti-austerity, and aiming towards the establishment of a new politics, Jeremy Corbyn and Pablo Iglesias, the leader of the Spanish radical left wing party, Podemos, represent a pan-European phenomenon giving expression to discontent and feelings of abandonment. Podemos, founded in 2014, has just won around 21% in the Spanish General election. Spanish […]

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Queen Sofía of Spain vists Oxford University

On Tuesday Queen Sofía of Spain visited the Talyorian Institute to hear a colloquium from academics and students about Spanish studies of Oxford.  The event was organised by Exeter College as part of their celebrations of their 700th aniversary as a college this year. Tutors and students of the discipline from across the University were present. […]

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2012: A sporting miscellany

Matt Handley, Miles Dilworth, Ben Crome, Alex Tyndall, and Joe Mansour take a look at this year’s highlights and lowlights, heroes and villains, humorous diversions and unforgettable moments Olympics Although we tried, we couldn’t avoid talking about the Olympics. Worries that London 2012 would be a G4S-induced mega-mare eventually subsided, as Seb Coe and his […]

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