After adopting the euro, the Spanish economy initially benefited from sharply lower interest rates, spurring a property bubble. However, with the onset of the global financial crisis, property prices

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Hong Kong and Catalonia: two protest movements compared
On the streets of Barcelona last month, the blackened flags of the bauhinia that symbolize Hong Kong’s five-month-old anti-government movement were flown sporadically across the main tourist avenue turned demonstration site. In a nod back to their fellow demonstrators in Catalonia, Hong Kong protesters organized a sit-in in the city’s financial district Central in October to show solidarity with those fighting for their independence from Spain – a cause that has been relentlessly suppressed by Madrid. Spain’s ambassador to China, Rafael Dezcallar, played down the comparison, saying: “In both cases, there were protests on the streets and clashes with the police. However, the parallels stop th
Hong Kong and Catalonia: two protest movements compared