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

SpainX5 is a shamelessly subjective view of the country, looking at and celebrating its greatest people, places and products. With no scientific basis for its opinions, these articles are based on nothing more than gut feeling.

The Sunday Drivers

The Sunday Drivers

Rock Bands 1
Vigo

Vigo

Cities 2
King Juan Carlos

King Juan Carlos

Famous People 3
José Tomás

José Tomás

Famous People 4
Manu Chao

Manu Chao

Rock Bands 5
Paella

Paella

Food 6
Sergio Ballesteros

Sergio Ballesteros

Football Players 7
Bacalao

Bacalao

Food 8
The Sunday Drivers

The Sunday Drivers

Singing in English is a brave gambit when it’s not your native language, but Toledo’s folk rockers “los Sunday” pulled off the feat impressively. With a low-key stage ...

Vigo

Vigo

Many will raise an eyebrow at the sight of this Galician industrial town being included and will argue that its more fêted rivals/neighbours Santiago de Compostela and A ...

King Juan Carlos

King Juan Carlos

The boyish grin, the Bourbon nose, the endless joshing: even if he wasn’t the king of Spain, you could spot Juan Carlos a mile off. But despite the ...

José Tomás

José Tomás

Bullfighting may be suffering an unstoppable crisis, with attendance down and a ban coming into effect in Catalonia, but Tomás is its great hope. With a hair-raising disregard ...

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 ...

Paella

Paella

The iconic dish of Spain. The food version of flamenco. And, like flamenco, there are as many styles as there are people to make it. Home-cooked, anyone ...

Sergio Ballesteros

Sergio Ballesteros

Not many teams beat Real Madrid these days and not many defenders outsprint Cristiano Ronaldo. But Levante and their club captain Ballesteros have managed both this season. Weighing ...

Bacalao

Bacalao

Cod preserved in thick layers of salt, providing a unique flavour and texture. Traditionally done as a way to store fish - though much of it now comes ...