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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 »

Spain’s Socialists scuttle the ship

Spain's Socialists are riding a storm.

As his second term draws to an end with the start of the general election campaign, Zapatero’s party is in a mess of its own making.

September 23rd, 2011 | Posted in Politics, Spain News | Read More »

Spain: Too big to fail?

Spain's economy is more robust than the bailed-out countries, but it's also much bigger. Image: European Weekly.

Greece, Ireland and now Portugal. Debt-ridden, deficit-laden and bankrupt were it not for bailouts from abroad. Spain is the fourth and final letter in the hackneyed PIGS acronym for Europe’s struggling economies. It is also the biggest, and its economic future will decide the fate of the euro zone.

May 12th, 2011 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Spain’s sovereign debt crisis: Round 2

Once again, the Spanish economy is under pressure from the markets. But while comparing the country to Ireland may be unjustified, the government’s reluctance to send a clear message can only encourage speculators.

November 29th, 2010 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Political turmoil threatens to rock Spain’s recovery

Spain is attempting to perform a tightrope act as it emerges from recession. However, current political developments risk upsetting the economy’s recovery.

September 9th, 2010 | Posted in Business | Read More »

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