Something happened Friday September 28. Catalonia sold €2 billion in bonds and Spain’s Treasury minister announced that the regions rescue fund is now open for business to provide capital aid to Barcelona. The central government has a strong case to deactivate the Catalan conflict while reassuring markets with a restructuring plan of the state’s administration.
Managing director at Re-Define, Sony Kapoor is a former investment banker and adviser to governments and international organizations. Kapoor argues that, unless Brussels change course, Spain will end up split between austerity and banking losses.
JP Morgan analysts used a wrong classification when accounting loans given by Banco Mare Nostrum to corporations and small and medium companies. Three days after its first report, the investment bank has now rectified.
MADRID | Fernando Barciela interviews Baron de Ley CEO Eduardo Santos-Ruiz, who joins the growing demand among Spanish entrepreneurs, too, for a rationalisation of the regional administrations. It’s time for the state to use its scissors on itself.
While national identity tensions belong to an ongoing debate, the fiscal irritation that Catalonia feels can be easily soothed. Madrid must offer a fairer treatment to a region whose economic output sets the best hopes for Spain to exit the crisis.
MADRID | This doesn’t work as a safety net for the Spanish banking sector to recover from its current weaknesses. It would amount to a neat, direct mechanism for entities to cash their toxic loans at the taxpayer’s expense. But Madrid is still in time to amend its bad bank, advises economist JP Marín Arrese.
When you hear tourism in Spain, you may imagine local mayors receiving bribes from developers to re-qualify a piece of natural landscape that will be lost for ever. Think again. It is a strong, diverse and worth-a-fight industry.
The rule of merely linking wages to productivity would have had the opposite effect, argues economist Jordi Paniagua. Spain’s productivity is counter-cyclical, he points out, and hasn’t stopped growing since 2007.
MADRID | Telefónica Ventures and Caixa Capital TIC, a specialised digital technology fund of La Caixa, announced Tuesday its first investment. The joint platform will inject €3 million in addFleet, a company specialised in intelligent systems for transportation. The investment in addFleet is the first by Telefónica Ventures in Spain after having completed similar operations in other international technology companies such as Quantenna, Joyent and Boku. Telefónica and La Caixa said the plan is to promote the…
The divide between journalistic duties and pleasing the masses looks excessively thin in Spain. When news media from virtually every ideological branch come together only to relentlessly bash a government, it may be time for a reflection.