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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 »

Rajoy vs The Washington Post

Rajoy insists he is a moderate in the interview.

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.

October 31st, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Iberoblog | Read More »

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 »

Rubalcaba’s challenge goes beyond “Listen, do, explain”

"Listen, do, explain": Rubalcaba's next few months will test his renowned political mettle.

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.

July 8th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Iberoblog | Read More »

Mission: Impossible, the Valley of the Fallen

Valle de los Caidos

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.

June 20th, 2011 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Valley of the Fallen: “A symbol of the Franco dictatorship or a religious site?”

Valley of the Fallen: A symbol of the Franco dictatorship or a religious site?

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.

June 20th, 2011 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

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