When Barcelona and Real Madrid spar on the football field, more is symbolically at stake than the match. Catalonia, the region in which Barcelona lies, is among the most fiercely independent in Spain. Catalonia was one of the original provinces of modern Spain – part of Aragon when a fifteenth-century marriage brought Aragon and Castile […]
The carnage in Barcelona and the shooting of five terrorists in the coastal town of Cambrils 75 miles away are not the first time Spain has found itself victim to jihadist terrorism. The fact that there was a 13-year gap between these incidents and the Madrid train bombings of March 11 2004 – should not be interpreted […]
As has been frequently the case in previous terrorist attacks, Thursday’s deaths in Barcelona were of the world and not Spain only. That is not by accident. Most of the places that Islamic terrorists have targeted have been cosmopolitan cities and symbols of Western culture. Las Ramblas, a series of streets in Barcelona, are typically […]
Berlin and Paris want stricter controls on the flow of migrants. They will have to come up with a new regime for the Schengen area by November 1st in order to get them.
France, with the support of Germany, has a plan to rewrite the Euro-area Schengen area rules. Because the current exceptions granted by Brussels for ‘temporary controls in exceptional circumstances’ expire in November and can no longer be renewed, time is of the essence. Paris and Berlin – plus the other countries that are ready to support […]
April saw lots of activity on the open science front in the European Union. On April 19, the European Commission officially announced its plans to create an “Open Science Cloud”. Accompanying this initiative, the Commission stated it will require that scientific data produced by projects under Horizon 2020(Europe’s €80 billion science funding program) be made openly available by default. […]