It remains in a state of suspended animation… Read More 365 Days With My Mother-in-Law: Boots on the Ground View of Barcelona’s Economy
Eurozone slides further into a debt-deflation trap, risking a protracted economic depression in the south and slow-motion insolvency crisis… Read More Deepening Deflation Pushes Southern Europe Closer to a Debt Spiral
For many, squatting is a desperate last resort. For others, it’s a lifestyle choice or political statement. Barcelona, ground zero of the phenomenon, attracts squatters from all over Europe. By Nick Corbishley and cross-posted from WOLF STREET: Since the burst of Spain’s madcap housing bubble in 2009, squatting — the unlawful occupancy of uninhabited buildings or unused… Read More How Spain Became a Squatter’s Paradise
American prosecutors want to know the judge’s sources before cooperating in an investigation into whether UC Global gave intelligence services sensitive material on the cyber-activist… Read More US Hinders Spanish Probe Into Alleged CIA Ties to Security Firm That Spied on Assange
[Note to readers: I will be away from my desk until Sunday, so there will be no new news for the next six days. Have a lovely week] Europe may be about to find out. 128 days with my Mother-in-Law. By Nick Corbishley and cross-posted from WOLF STREET As market players cling to the hope that a… Read More What Happens If Most Businesses & Consumers Tighten Their Belts at the Same Time?
Owner of a small cafe that specializes in fine cakes and sandwiches tells me: “We’ll be lucky if we get half the normal number in July and August.” It’s now “all about damage control.”… Read More Barcelona’s Epic Tourism Boom Is Over, Now the Crisis Begins: My Walk to the Beach
The former king of Spain Juan Carlos is facing a storm of allegations over his financial dealings and his private life. Now his son, King Felipe VI, is fighting to preserve the monarchy… Read More Sex, Lies and Swiss Bank Accounts: The Allegations Against Spain’s Ex-king That Are Rocking His Son’s Reign.
We are temporarily a company with no product and no revenue.”… Read More The $1.5 Trillion Global Tourism Industry Faces $450 Billion Collapse in Revenues, Based on Optimistic Assumptions
Most importantly, we have our health (touch wood) and each other… Read More Welcome to Dystopia: My Life Under Lockdown in Spain
“If the situation of generalized panic continues, thousands of businesses, especially small ones, will first enter a liquidity crisis, then close their doors.”… Read More Tourism is 10% of GDP in France, 13% in Italy, 15% in Spain. And Now it’s in Free Fall
Santander Consumer USA is on the forefront of souring subprime-auto-loan backed securities… Read More Suprime Autoloans in the U.S. Are Blowing Up
Imam who masterminded the 2017 strike had been acting as an informant. The day after the Barcelona and Cambrils attacks, the intelligence file on the imam was reportedly wiped out… Read More Spanish Intelligence Knew of Terror Cell Ahead of Barcelona Attack, Say Reports