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Portuguese relief, not celebration

Portuguese relief, not celebration

The country has secured a bailout extension, but it still faces plenty of stiff economic challenges and swelling resistance to austerity.

April 14th, 2013 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

Has Spain’s economic contraction become self-perpetuating?

Pensions are putting increasing pressure on the Spanish economy.

The Spanish government has so far managed to avoid requesting a sovereign bailout and says growth will return by the end of 2013. But the bad news is that once again, recession still lurks on the horizon.

January 31st, 2013 | Posted in Business, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

The next Spain

Spanish flag.

It’s by no means certain that the Spanish state set up in 1978 will survive to hold general elections in 2015. Could Mariano Rajoy’s government be the last ever?

January 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Featured, Politics | 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 »

EU praise can’t hide Rajoy’s bailout jitters

Mario Draghi.

With a rescue for Spain on the horizon, the big question is whether strict new conditions will be attached.

September 10th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Iberoblog | Read More »

Euro gains in spite of Spain’s bailout

The euro gained against both the pound and US dollar this week, as crisis fatigue set in.

June 15th, 2012 | Posted in Expats | Read More »

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