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Profile: Esperanza Aguirre, Spain’s very own iron lady

Esperanza Aguirre.

The scourge of Basque and Catalan nationalists, and an ardent advocate of privatization, the head of the Madrid regional government has carved out a place for herself in the Popular Party as a kingmaker.

May 31st, 2012 | Posted in Politics, Spain News | Read More »

Bilingual schooling obsession is gambling with children’s future

Irregular verbs, anyone?

The Madrid region’s efforts to improve schoolchildren’s level of English is laudable, but ultimately misguided. Students’ English will not improve as much as it should and teaching of other subjects will suffer.

September 30th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News | Read More »

Tweets and gaffes confuse Madrid’s education debate

The education debate has been shrouded in confusion lately.

Faced with a two-day teachers’ strike in the region this week, Esperanza Aguirre has further complicated the education issue with her public statements.

September 22nd, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News | Read More »

The victim-turned-activist: a new kind of hero

There has been a tendency in Spain in recent years to thrust victims of unfortunate events and tragedies into the public spotlight and assign them prominent positions, regardless of their background. But there is a risk these public figures will do more harm than good in trying to carry out their new roles.

April 29th, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

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