Recent anti-drug policies in Spain and across Europe and the United States have failed to have the planned effect. Broaching the taboo of legalisation would provide a new approach, but few governments are willing to even entertain the idea of doing so.
The country’s jail population has quadrupled in the last 30 years, despite a decline in crime. Unimaginative policy-making means the increase is likely to continue.
Ongoing terrorism investigations suggest some extraordinary links between three very different terror groups. Recent allegations related to these connections have put the government of Prime Minister Zapatero in an uncomfortable spot as it tries to protect Spain’s investments in Venezuela.