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 Zurich 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.