SPAIN: Relics of the Future

The unprepossessing gray stucco building in the working-class Parisian suburb of Boulogne hardly looks like an official seat of government. No bronze plaque or carved insignia identifies the occupants of the four-room ground-floor apartment at 56 Avenue Jean-Jaures as ministers of a republic that is almost a half-century old. Inside, however, there are clues. A large reproduction of Picasso's Guernica adorns one wall, and a small, faded red, yellow and purple flag flutters above a desk cluttered with state documents. Here last week, as they have for the past 30 years, the...

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