An amusing and presumably unintended glimpse of the Spanish economic pushmi-pullyu–are structural reforms for real or merely for foreigners?–is to be found on slide 22 of the “Kingdom of Spain Economic Policy and 2010 Funding Strategy” used by Secretary Campa yesterday in London (via):
Can we implement this? We have done it in the past, which proves our compromise, the quality of our public finances, and the success of our fiscal discipline.
Damn, damn, damn! “Compromiso” in Spanish is a commitment in English, while “compromise” in English means in Spanish that you’re going to do whatever the trade unions tell you. If Ms Salgado had sent the whole Powerpoint to a decent translator tagged “urgent” and taken him to dinner afterwards, then she’d still have had change out of 1,000€. But hey, why waste money on translation when you’re going to lose the next elections anyway?
The Mr Hyde of the Zapatero government’s deeds can be found in the Spanish press, but here’s Dr Jekyll: http://www.slideshare.net/oscarm/spain-economic-policy-and-2010-funding-strategy
- Translation of “The political economy of Catalan independence”
Clemente Polo has blogged a short book containing what feel like author-translated essays by him and four other anti-secessionists, José Luis Feito, Ángel de la Fuente, Guillem López Casanovas and Joan Roselló Villalonga. Here is Polo on “The economic consequences of the Succession War (1702-1714)”:
Economic historians underlie the importance of both Castilian and American markets in the rapid
- The japanish writer Haruki Murakami awarded with the 23th Premi Internacional Catalunya
We’re talking the front page of the website of a Catalan government whose words consist of endless recycling of the cliché about taking its rightful place among the family of nations (its deeds are something different), which spends millions employing friends and relatives in “embassies” around the world, and which has just given a celebrated (anti-nationalist) writer …
- Moreno’s master’s: polysemy, polydon’t
Jesús Fernández-Villaverde y Luis Garicano at Hay Derecho had a look last year at the CV of Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, Rajoy’s excellent choice of candidate for the Andalusian elections, and were puzzled by what they found:
Empecemos por el MBA. Si su título de grado es de 2010-2011, su Master en Dirección y Administración de
- FC Barcelona: Buy the entrance now without tails
A poster at the Camp Nou footy museum reminds the public that neither evening dress nor cloven hooves are required for entry in their earthy Paradise:
- Elegía definitiva a Grexorbitante / Definitive elegy to Grexorbitant
Lenny Kravitz, “It ain’t over till it’s over,” especialmente adaptada para mi buen amigo Mariano Rajoy. / Lenny Kravitz, “It ain’t over till it’s over,” specially adapted for my good friend Mariano Rajoy.