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Rajoy, reform and the burden of employment expectations

Rajoy's reform makes firing cheaper, but will it create jobs?

The government says its labour market reform will tackle the country’s soaring jobless rate, but it could be some time before the benefits are felt in the Spanish economy.

February 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Business, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

The strikers who have nothing to protest

Spain's general strike: justified protest or just the moaning of the privileged?

The generous employment contracts enjoyed by many of those taking part in the September 29 general strike leave a generation of Spaniards out in the cold, drawing the question: who do these protesters represent?

September 28th, 2010 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Not yet a Greek tragedy, but still a Spanish drama

Spain may not be on the verge of seeking a Greek-style bailout, but the government’s slow progress on cutting a burgeoning budget deficit is doing little to calm jittery investors.

May 7th, 2010 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Time to end Spain’s labour market apartheid

As the Spanish government sets about reforming the labour market, it will struggle to balance the demands of the “haves” with those of the “have-nots.”

March 8th, 2010 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Navigating the impossible?

Spain, once Europe’s economic growth engine, has recently found itself in the same boat as Greece as international investors have grown wary of big budget deficits and rising debt levels. Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is facing the makings of a perfect political and economic storm.

February 15th, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Saving the pension system

Plans to raise the pension age to 67 have been met with anger and disbelief, but Spain’s demographics and its economic woes have made pension reform – painful as it may be – inevitable.

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

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