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Mixed feelings in Spain over Libya mission

Last month, Spain’s Congress approved a two-month extension of Spanish military support for NATO operations in Libya. Like the Socialist government’s initial backing for the UN-blessed operation, which began in March, it was not an overly controversial decision politically – only the small Communist-led United Left bloc opposed.

May 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

Spain’s Zapatero embraces short-lived Libya foray

Spain, like other coalition members, is desperately hoping the Libyan intervention will be short. Photo: Sebastià Giralt.

The Spanish prime minister, a staunch opponent of the Iraq invasion, has backed the anti-Gaddafi no-fly zone. But Congress’ approval of the operation does not anticipate a drawn-out conflict.

March 24th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics | Read More »

A new slowdown in Spain

Rising oil prices present some stern challenges for governments.

The speed limit on highways will be reduced to 110 kph from today in a bid to curb Spain’s rising energy bill. The savings, however, may be far from what the government expects.

March 7th, 2011 | Posted in Business | Read More »

The Tejero coup, North Africa and back-slapping

The Tejero coup, North Africa and back-slapping

Josep Ramoneda looks at how Spain has celebrated the 30th anniversary of the foiling of the February 23 Tejero attempted coup, against the backdrop of the ongoing turmoil in North Africa, and he doesn’t like what he sees.

February 28th, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

Morocco’s Mohammed VI must decide

Moroccan Interior Minister Tayeb Cherkaoui addresses the press.

Protests in Morocco have not been as intense as in many neighbouring nations, despite some outbreaks of violence. However, if he is to avoid more alarming scenes, the monarch must take some big decisions – and soon.

February 23rd, 2011 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

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