SPAIN: AT BREAKING POINT? A political and economic analysis for 2013 IBERIANS OF THE YEAR: The most influential people and groups of 2012

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Sara Carbonero

Sara Carbonero

Famous People 1
Patxi López

Patxi López

Famous People 2
Manu Chao

Manu Chao

Rock Bands 3
Marta Domínguez

Marta Domínguez

Sports Stars 4
Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola

Sports Stars 5
Córdoba

Córdoba

Cities 6
Bilbao

Bilbao

Cities 7
Snails

Snails

Food 8
Sara Carbonero

Sara Carbonero

To some she is merely the trophy girlfriend of footballer Iker Casillas. But when the British press accused her of distracting goalkeeper Casillas in the 2010 World Cup, ...

Patxi López

Patxi López

The Basque Country’s Socialist premier isn’t the most attention-grabbing politician in Spain. But he could make a case for being the most effective in difficult circumstances. When he ...

Manu Chao

Manu Chao

Chao was born of Galician parents but grew up in Paris, where he formed anarcho-rock outfit Mano Negra.  A multi-lingual rabble who toured Europe and Latin America to ...

Marta Domínguez

Marta Domínguez

Long-distance runner Domínguez has won a steady stream of medals at major competitions ever since taking bronze at the 1998 European championships in the 5,000 metres. Probably the ...

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola

He made his name as a midfield general for FC Barcelona in the 1990s. But Guardiola’s true calling, it seems, is getting the best out of players as ...

Córdoba

Córdoba

Andalusia has a handful of candidates for this list, not least Granada and Seville. But the former capital of the Islamic caliphate comes out on top for several ...

Bilbao

Bilbao

Not so long ago, Bilbao was seen as an unattractive place, known for its industry and the dark-suited bodyguards who escorted public figures threatened by ETA around town. ...

Snails

Snails

Certainly chowing down on the little brown gastropods is not to everybody's liking, though across Spain they can easily be found on restaurant and café menus and there ...