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Spain’s Socialists are desperate for new blood

Eduardo Madina

Despite the government’s difficulties, the opposition party is struggling. Is Eduardo Madina the answer?

May 8th, 2013 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News | Read More »

Spain’s Socialists say sorry

Spain’s Socialists say sorry

A new video shows grass roots members of Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE) apologising for the party’s handling of the economy when in power under José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Those featured cite the Socialist government’s austerity measures, such as cutting wages and freezing pensions, as among its many mistakes. “We favoured the interests of the few, those who were powerful, over the majority,” says one of the party members. Decisions on social policy are also rued, such as failing to change the religious freedom law, or introduce a dignified death law. The legacy of Zapatero’s handling of the economic crisis has severely hindered his party since it was voted out of power in November 2011 and the PSOE is still struggling to win back voters.

November 28th, 2012 | Posted in Spain News, Videos | Read More »

Who benefits from Spain’s early election?

Rubalcaba-Rajoy

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 Featured, Politics | Read More »

Mixed feelings in Spain over Libya mission

Last month, Spain’s Congress approved a two-month extension of Spanish military support for NATO operations in Libya. Like the Socialist government’s initial backing for the UN-blessed operation, which began in March, it was not an overly controversial decision politically – only the small Communist-led United Left bloc opposed.

May 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

Zapatero was damned if he did and damned if he didn’t

The Spanish prime minister’s decision not to run for a third term gives the Socialists a small boost ahead of local elections. But it also opens up a new series of problems for the party.

April 5th, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

Patxi López

Patxi-Lopez

The Basque Country’s Socialist premier isn’t the most attention-grabbing politician in Spain. But he could make a case for being the most effective in difficult circumstances. When he formed a regional government in 2009 and broke the three-decade rule of the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV), few expected his administration to last. Given that the Socialist […]

March 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Famous People | Read More »

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