Articles by: Alfons López Tena

The “Feminization” of the European Far Right

The “Feminization” of the European Far Right

May 16, 2017 at 7:32 AM

In Europe, the far-right strategy is to appeal to women voters and  generate support The name of Austria’s far-right party — the “Freedom Party,” led by Barbara Rosenkranz — is striking both for its simple, faultless suitability to any faction across the political spectrum and how the far right’s authoritarianRead More

Q&A: “Independence for Catalonia is just a threat to blackmail Spain”

Q&A: “Independence for Catalonia is just a threat to blackmail Spain”

April 18, 2017 at 5:55 AM

Spain has warned Catalans against holding a referendum vote in September this year. Alfons López Tena – a former Catalan MP – has grown disillusioned with the independence movement as he believes it’s been stuck in a “quagmire of wishful thinking.” In early March, Artur Mas was found guilty ofRead More

L’Estelada Blava: An independent Catalonia

L’Estelada Blava: An independent Catalonia

February 10, 2017 at 8:35 AM

Ten years ago the Catalans’ unease over their hollowed- out autonomy reached a tipping point as more and more of them opted for independence instead, a ground-breaking move since self-government inside Spain had always been Catalonia’s aim during the past five centuries, two brief independence periods under France’s protection exceptedRead More

The Rule of Law: India and Catalonia

The Rule of Law: India and Catalonia

February 6, 2017 at 9:20 AM

Authoritarian rulers have a crush on parading themselves as the embodiment of the country itself—usually called with the more uplifting name of fatherland—feeling entitled to crush any criticism and dissent as treason and sedition. An outcome of liberal democracy’s ideological hegemony is that even the more ruthless dictators feel obliged to feignRead More

Narcissist Fading European Nations- Catalonia as Symptom

Narcissist Fading European Nations- Catalonia as Symptom

October 27, 2016 at 6:12 PM

Guest OpEd- With three earlier pieces republished, this is Alfons Lopez Tena‘s first original contribution to InPRA. He writes on issues and topics pertaining to Catalonia and European politics.  The steady relative decline of the once-mighty European countries offers a fascinating  deep insight into the darkest corners of the ebbing nations’ psyche,Read More

Money and Secession: Looking at Catalonia

Money and Secession: Looking at Catalonia

October 14, 2016 at 6:27 PM

Guest OpEd: Alfons Lopez Tena is joined by Elisenda Paluzie for this piece. She is an associate professor of economics and the Dean of the Faculty of Economics at Barcelona University.  It is difficult to make predictions, especially about a hypothetical future, but the impact of independence on economics -for bothRead More

Leaving EU alone: Will BREXIT inspire?

Leaving EU alone: Will BREXIT inspire?

October 14, 2016 at 6:11 PM

As any seismic event the British people vote to leave the European Union begins to unfold growing cracks and tsunami-warning ripples that make nowadays predictions anyone’s guess, with plenty of unintended outcomes affecting other countries as well. One of them is the very existence of some of the directly involvedRead More

Catalonia: Why it won’t do what’s best for it

Catalonia: Why it won’t do what’s best for it

October 11, 2016 at 11:23 AM

Here’s why Catalonia should secede from Spain, and why it won’t Since the Iberian Peninsula was unified under one ruler five centuries ago, the struggle for hegemony in its midst has been its continuous feature, the Castilian/Spanish nation vying to assimilate and wipe off the other feebler nations, that  somehowRead More