Raphael Minder

Shall We Dance? A Time for Pacts in Spanish Politics

Thursday 4th February 2016




About the speaker: Raphael Minder has been based in Madrid as the Spain and Portugal correspondent for the International New York Times since April 2010. He has written extensively on the impact of the financial crisis on Spain and Portugal and the resulting political tensions, including the secessionist drive in Catalonia.


Born in Geneva, Mr Minder has been a full-time journalist since 1993, when he started working in Switzerland for Bloomberg News. He spent 10 years as a staff correspondent for the Financial Times, working in Paris, Brussels, Sydney and finally Hong Kong as the FT’s Asia regional correspondent. Mr Minder holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oxford University, where he studied politics, philosophy and economics. He also has a Master’s degree from the journalism school of Columbia University in New York.


About the event: Mr Minder analyzed the Spanish political situation and offered his insightful views on the complex game of alliances that will shape the future of the country. He explained the weaknesses and strengths of each leader and admitted to be surprised by the lack of will to reach agreements. Probably, the leaders have too much at stake to reach a deal. Yet, he also thinks that having an interim government is not a disaster except for the Catalan secession bid. Mr Minder is also convinced that the next government will be probably a weak one and it will not last long. However, that might turn into an advantage if Spain wants to undertake some structural reforms.


The Madariaga Series would like to thank Mr Minder for finding the time to come to Oxford and visit us.