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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 »

Back to the future with Rubalcaba

Spain’s Socialists have chosen a veteran of two previous governments as their new leader. Given this baggage, his challenge is to show he can come up with new ideas.

February 5th, 2012 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

Read my lips: Why did Rajoy break one of his few campaign promises?

Rajoy gets moving. The new prime minister hasn't wasted any time with his austerity measures.

The transition from Spain’s outgoing Socialist government to the new conservative administration has been marred by an apparent lack of openness on both sides about the public accounts. This does not auger well for Spain’s political horizon or its economy.

January 12th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Iberoblog | Read More »

Spain’s election will complete country’s swing to the right

Rubalcaba and Rajoy

The general election campaign has been deeply uninspiring, but the result of the November 20 vote will seal the dramatic transformation of Spain’s political map. Anything less than a parliamentary majority will be a failure for conservative Mariano Rajoy.

November 17th, 2011 | Posted in Politics, Spain News | Read More »

Rajoy vs The Washington Post

Rajoy insists he is a moderate in the interview.

The man almost certain to win the upcoming election is refreshingly open in an interview with the US newspaper and in which he discusses Spain’s economy, its politics and his own image. His message: Trust me, I’m an ultra-confident moderate.

October 31st, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Iberoblog | Read More »

Ahead of election, Spain’s next prime minister leaves everyone guessing

A 21-percent jobless rate is one of the obvious weaknesses of the Spanish economy.

Usually when voters go to the polls they have an idea about competing politicians’ policies, and only a vague idea about which of them is going to win. But when Spaniards vote in early elections in one month’s time, they will know, almost for sure, who will win, though they’ve got only the faintest clue as to what that might mean.

October 19th, 2011 | Posted in Business, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

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