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.
The man almost certain to win the upcoming election is refreshingly open in an interview with the US newspaper and in which he discusses Spain’s economy, its politics and his own image. His message: Trust me, I’m an ultra-confident moderate.
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.
The interior minister is about to outline the Socialist Party’s direction ahead of the general election campaign. The coming months will be a difficult challenge for even this wily political survivor.
A religious shrine or a monument to hate? The Valley of the Fallen, which houses General Franco’s tomb, has loomed over the landscape outside Madrid and Spain’s collective memory for decades. Now, 36 years after the death of the dictator, the government has appointed a commission to decide the site’s fate.
With the Spanish government now pondering what to do with the Valley of the Fallen, freelance journalist and Iberosphere contributor Nick Lyne visits the site of General Franco’s tomb outside Madrid and questions its status in modern Spain.