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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 »

Fear and resignation in Spain’s deficit cap

Zapatero is likely to further alienate Socialist voters with the constitutional amendment. Photo: lamoncloa.gob.es

An unprecedented agreement by the Socialists and opposition Popular Party seeks to alter the Constitution and keep jittery markets happy. So why aren’t Spaniards celebrating?

September 6th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Iberoblog | Read More »

Spain: Too big to fail?

Spain's economy is more robust than the bailed-out countries, but it's also much bigger. Image: European Weekly.

Greece, Ireland and now Portugal. Debt-ridden, deficit-laden and bankrupt were it not for bailouts from abroad. Spain is the fourth and final letter in the hackneyed PIGS acronym for Europe’s struggling economies. It is also the biggest, and its economic future will decide the fate of the euro zone.

May 12th, 2011 | Posted in Business | Read More »

With almost five million out of work, Spain’s unemployment crisis rages on

Some of Spain's nearly 5 million unemployed.

The number of people out of work in Spain hit a new record high in the first quarter of the year, but the government insists it will not surpass the five million mark. It made a similar prediction in 2009 – and was quickly proven wrong. Is this a case of history repeating itself?

April 29th, 2011 | Posted in Business, Featured | Read More »

Spain and Portugal’s right shun austerity and Brussels – for now

Iberia’s main opposition parties have refused to back the painful cuts advocated by their countries’ Socialist administrations. This may win them votes, but with the chance to take power soon, both conservative parties will soon have to take some tough decisions.

March 29th, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

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