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The victim-turned-activist: a new kind of hero

There has been a tendency in Spain in recent years to thrust victims of unfortunate events and tragedies into the public spotlight and assign them prominent positions, regardless of their background. But there is a risk these public figures will do more harm than good in trying to carry out their new roles.

April 29th, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Spain gets secular… with its Muslims

A Madrid school’s banning of the Islamic headscarf has drawn both support and opprobrium. But in a country with a large, newly arrived Muslim community, there needs to be a more considered response to the issue of religious expression.

April 27th, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

What now for the “PIGS”?

Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain have all been grouped together by some market watchers as potentially unstable economies due, supposedly, to their deficit and debt levels. But a closer look at the figures tells a different story.

April 24th, 2010 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Bringing ballet in from the cold

The national dance company CND will finally offer Spain a ballet repertoire that has been sorely lacking.

April 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Culture | Read More »

Garzón, the PP, and a Byzantine justice system

The lawsuit against Spain’s best-known judge for investigating Franco-era crimes has bewildered many observers. However, the reasons for the current three-pronged legal assault on Garzón lie in the machinations of a politicised judiciary.

April 19th, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

The rebirth of corruption

The ongoing ‘Gürtel’ probe is just the latest in a seemingly never-ending series of graft scandals that have disgraced Spanish politicians in recent years. After building a vibrant modern democracy and economy, why has the country failed to shake off this ugly problem?

April 15th, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

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