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Mariano Rajoy

Mariano Rajoy

To his supporters he’s calm, considered, strategic and resilient. But to his critics – whose ranks have swelled this year – Spain’s prime minister is hesitant, rigid, poorly advised and uncharismatic.

December 4th, 2012 | Posted in Iberians 2012 | Read More »

Spain’s true crisis isn’t economic, it’s institutional

The Spanish Bull's bones.

The ongoing economic slump has helped erode the credibility of Spain’s banks, politicians, judiciary and royalty. The much-vaunted Transition to democracy needs to be updated.

June 29th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News | Read More »

Profile: Esperanza Aguirre, Spain’s very own iron lady

Esperanza Aguirre.

The scourge of Basque and Catalan nationalists, and an ardent advocate of privatization, the head of the Madrid regional government has carved out a place for herself in the Popular Party as a kingmaker.

May 31st, 2012 | Posted in Politics, Spain News | Read More »

Catalonia’s immigrants face lonely road ahead

Funding for immigrants' integration has been slashed  - in Catalonia and across Spain..

The Spanish government’s cuts have included slashing the funds aimed at easing integration of immigrants.

April 30th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News | Read More »

Rajoy’s smoke and mirrors have worked – for now, at least

Rajoy's 'retranca' shows up in Brussels.

The Spanish prime minister’s policy of breaking his own word when it comes to economic policy has bought him some time. But soon he’s going to have to communicate more directly with both Brussels and the electorate.

March 6th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News | Read More »

The Spanish economy’s sustainability dilemma

Benidorm

The new conservative government has promised to loosen environmental controls that restrict economic growth. But critics say such an approach could lead Spain back to disaster.

March 1st, 2012 | Posted in Business, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

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