Victor Mallet has a good piece on Spain’s damagingly mistaken claim that Zapatero had successfully begged $9 billion from China. Chinese state media seems now to be hinting that, while some bucks may be on offer, Spain needs to present some bang asap – usufruct of the Balearics as latter-day Deshimas, proposes a mischievous voice. More constructively but also with the slightest hint of schadenfreude, Charles Butler suggests that Spain-trashing Zapatero, whose “Pavlovian reaction to an opportunity to resume his hard-wired good-news-all-the-time mindset”, might feel at home at Greece-trashing Citigroup.
- New directors of Instituto Cervantes in New York and Dublin “can’t speak English”
Javier Rioyo Jambrina and Rosa León will apparently struggle to make themselves understood to their target audience in their new jobs.
- Freudian false friend hamstrings Spanish government’s City presentation
An amusing and presumably unintended glimpse of the Spanish economic pushmi-pullyu–are structural reforms for real or merely for foreigners?–is to be
- The economic vice, Elena Salgado, has traveled to London to soothe investor sentiment
Yep, but it‘s free, courtesy of Google Translate, and still substantially better than the work of many professional translators. It’s also
- Spanish “forget the housing crash” roadshow
The Dutch economy looks pretty good from just about anywhere at the moment, but I’m pretty sure government departments there still
- French lessons: Grannie on her bike rides across the pool
Boby Lapointe, an obsessive, deranged comic genius who seems to have drunk himself to death aged 50, points to one of