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Spain and Catalonia have a communication problem

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12.10.2017

The late Wulf Bernotat, former CEO of the German-based electric utility service provider E.ON, found out first-hand how confusing Spanish communication can be. Double standards on private and professional levels are quite normal and by no means seen as an offense.

Bernotat arrived in Spain in 2006 with the intention of taking over E.ON's competitor Endesa, a company already eyed by Catalonia's Gas Natural. During the negotiations, the German laid all his cards on the table. But the other side was making gambles – sometimes because they had no plan, sometimes because they were not ready to make a decision. More parties got involved and Bernotat eventually gave up the tough battle. One of his main reasons was that that he simply did not understand Spanish culture.

The deficits of Spain's political system

It is not just the foreigners in Spain who face this problem. Even Spaniards often do not understand each other. What one says and what one means may be something completely different. The inefficiency of this kind of communication has become obvious in the Catalan crisis, which is........

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