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Rajoy, reform and the burden of employment expectations

The government says its labour market reform will tackle the country’s soaring jobless rate, but it could be some time before the benefits are felt in the Spanish economy.

February 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

Starting children in Spanish schools: the big decisions

When should children start school? Until recently I was of the opinion that later is better. I thought that most European countries didn’t begin their formal education until well after we did in England and congratulated them for it. So it came as something of a surprise when I made enquiries about starting dates for my son, Joseph. Although compulsory schooling in Spain starts at age six, I discovered that many families take up the option of starting their children at three.

February 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

La Liga: Valencia’s thrashing underlines Spain’s class divide

After a 5-1 win, with four goals from Lionel Messi, Barcelona highlighted once again why the Spanish league is a two-horse show led by the Catalans and Real Madrid.

February 21st, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

Goya 2012: no joy for Almodóvar

The Skin I Live In looked set to sweep the board at this year’s Spanish Film Academy Awards on February 19, instead Enrique Urbizu’s gritty cop thriller ‘No Rest for the Wicked’ took the top prizes.

February 21st, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

Franco in a fridge: he pulls in the punters, but is he art?

Spain’s former dictator is still news, as a generation of artists have made clear lately. But it’s a shame their work isn’t more interesting or relevant.

February 20th, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

Euro stumbles as Greece ups its brinkmanship

The soap opera in Greece took another laborious turn this week, prompting investors to flee the euro in lieu of the pound.

February 17th, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

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