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Fear and resignation in Spain’s deficit cap

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 Iberoblog, Featured | Read More »

Who benefits from Spain’s early election?


Both the Socialists and the opposition Popular Party saw advantages in holding the general election in the autumn. But with current market speculation making the economy the only political talking point, the decision could work in the opposition’s favour.

August 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Politics, Featured | Read More »

Video: “The Socialists know they’re not going to win…”

Socialist Party candidate Rubalcaba outlined the direction he plans to take the party in at the weekend, pledging changes that appeal to Spain’s traditional Socialist voter base. Iberosphere co-editor Guy Hedgecoe argues that he is unlikely to have to follow through on his promises.

July 11th, 2011 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

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

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 Iberoblog, Featured | Read More »

Roll up, roll up, for the Socialist horror show

The Spanish Socialist Party has just suffered its heaviest election defeat ever. But with internal strife finally bubbling over, things can still get worse.

May 27th, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog, Featured | Read More »

Video: “Who will take on the poisoned chalice…?”

Guy Hedgecoe, co-editor of Iberosphere, looks beyond the May 22 local elections at the governing Socialist Party’s national primary following Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero’s decision not to seek reelection in the 2012 general election. With the party low in the polls, he ponders who will want to take over as leader.

May 16th, 2011 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

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