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Rajoy prepares for an autumn of discontent

Protests against Spanish government economic policy in Madrid.

The prospect of a sovereign bailout is not the only challenge facing the Spanish prime minister in the coming weeks. The political complexities of the Basque Country, social unrest and a lack of coordination within the government itself must all be confronted.

September 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News | Read More »

Spain’s tax hike threatens La Liga’s appeal

Kaká (right) signs on the dotted line for Real Madrid. But Spain's new tax system makes playing in La Liga less attractive for the big earners.

The government’s decision to raise income tax will have a very high-profile casualty: Spain’s soccer teams, which must now negotiate contracts with players under vastly different terms.

January 16th, 2012 | Posted in Business, Featured, Spain News | 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 »

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