Mr. Raphael Minder, the author of The Struggle for Catalonia and Iberian correspondent of The New York Times, sat down with Brian Heinen, founder of Guiri Business, to discuss his seven years of research, and over 300 interviews of analysis with rare impartiality of how the separatist debate has played out. Raphael has taken a very objective and balanced view of the situation and has been neither supportive of Spain or Independence, but rather has represented a collection of testimonials from voices across the spectrum.
The presentation and chat was open to the public, and included a Q&A session for invited guests and the general audience.
The event will be hosted by the Cercle D’economia, and in English
The Struggle for Catalonia
Raphael Minder has been based in Madrid as the Spain and Portugal correspondent for The New York Times since April 2010. He has written extensively on the financial crisis’ impact on Spain and Portugal and the resulting political tensions, including the secessionist drive in Catalonia. He has also covered social issues, like illegal migration and domestic violence in Spain, and writes about sports and culture, including the rivalry between Real Madrid and F.C. Barcelona and efforts to complete Gaudí’s Sagrada Família.
Born in Geneva in 1971, Raphael 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 F.T.’s Asia regional correspondent.
Raphael holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oxford University, where he studied politics, philosophy and economics. He also has a Master’s degree from the Columbia’s School of Journalism in New York.
Raphael has always worked in English, but also speaks French, German and Spanish.
Originally from the U.S., Brian Heinen has been based in Barcelona since January 2004. He co-founded the Guiri Business group in December, 2007, and has owned his own communications and production agency since July of 2007.
**The content of this program does not necessarily reflect the positions of the Cercle D’economia, The New York Times or the Guiri Business Group, but is only a representative of the thoughts and platform of the individual participants.