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How EU austerity is falling foul of the law

Anti-IMF graffiti in Lisbon.

There is a simmering confrontation between some EU members’ highest courts and European authorities over the limits of austerity, interstate solidarity and human rights.

June 19th, 2013 | Posted in Business, Featured, Portugal News | Read More »

Iberian of the Year 2012: Artur Mas


Fuelled by the economic meltdown, the wave of pro-independence fervour in Catalonia became Spain’s most prominent political issue in 2012. At its crest stands Artur Mas. In germinating the seeds that could one day blossom into a new Iberian state, Mas, for better or for worse, has been the most prominent Iberian of the Year.

December 4th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Iberians 2012, Spain News | Read More »

Mariano Rajoy

Mariano Rajoy

To his supporters he’s calm, considered, strategic and resilient. But to his critics – whose ranks have swelled this year – Spain’s prime minister is hesitant, rigid, poorly advised and uncharismatic.

December 4th, 2012 | Posted in Iberians 2012 | Read More »

Spain’s Socialists say sorry

Spain’s Socialists say sorry

A new video shows grass roots members of Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE) apologising for the party’s handling of the economy when in power under José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Those featured cite the Socialist government’s austerity measures, such as cutting wages and freezing pensions, as among its many mistakes. “We favoured the interests of the few, those who were powerful, over the majority,” says one of the party members. Decisions on social policy are also rued, such as failing to change the religious freedom law, or introduce a dignified death law. The legacy of Zapatero’s handling of the economic crisis has severely hindered his party since it was voted out of power in November 2011 and the PSOE is still struggling to win back voters.

November 28th, 2012 | Posted in Spain News, Videos | Read More »

Spain’s Congress protests in pictures

Spanish protests in pictures

Photographer Felipe Fuente witnessed the protests around Spain’s Congress during the last week of September. His photographs reflect a tense few days that saw social unrest intensify and the police widely criticised for their handling of the situation.

October 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News | Read More »

Schools protest as Valencia fails to pay up

Las Culturas school in Torrevieja

Schools in the Valencia region have not received financial support since April 2011. This stark fact has led to recent protests across the region. Las Culturas CEIP in Torrevieja is one of the many schools that have held local protests as well as taking part in regional marches and demonstrations against the attack on their budgets.

January 31st, 2012 | Posted in Expats, Spain Expat | Read More »

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