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Two, four, six, eight, let’s hope they don’t emigrate

Josep Anglada

High unemployment and competition for social services between locals and immigrants has fuelled the rise of xenophobic politicians in Catalonia and elsewhere in recent months. But, despite the populist fear-mongering, immigrants remain a boon, not a burden, to Spain’s economy.

June 10th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics | Read More »

Roll up, roll up, for the Socialist horror show

Putting on a brave face: Chacón, Rubalcaba and Zapatero share a joke.

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 Featured, Iberoblog | Read More »

A lurch to the right that cost Zapatero dear

The Spanish prime minister wanted to maintain a robust welfare state while handling the demands of the global economy. His decision to abandon the former in favour of the latter goes a long way to explaining the Socialists’ local election disaster.

May 23rd, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

Banality and pragmatism on Spain’s campaign trail

The upcoming local elections will almost certainly deliver a major shift in Spanish politics, but you wouldn’t know it from following an uninspiring campaign by both major parties.

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

Who cares about corruption anyway?

The Spanish electoral lists are contaminated with candidates who are under investigation, meaning next month’s vote offers not just a reflection of how people feel about their leaders, but also how they feel about corruption.

April 26th, 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 »

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