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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 »

How history will judge Zapatero

Zapatero: not feeling so lucky anymore...

Many will remember Spain’s socialist prime minister for his mishandling of the economic crisis. But his legacy in other areas – particularly social reform – is substantial.

October 27th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News | Read More »

Bombing the road to democracy

The morning after at the Argana cafe in Marrakech. Photo: Filskifoto.

We may never know reliably why the man who left a bomb in a backpack at the Argana café in Marrakech’s world-famous Jamaa el Fna square, killing 17 people, did what he did.

May 18th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Iberoblog | Read More »

Common sense prevails as Bildu is allowed to run in elections

Spain’s top court allows a nationalist coalition to participate in the May 22 local elections, reflecting a refreshing willingness by the judiciary to ignore political distractions and examine the facts.

May 6th, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

A shift in the Basque Country despite Sortu’s prohibition

Political stalemate in Madrid is not helping the Basque Country move closer to peace. Photo: www_ukberri_net (flickr).

The Spanish High Court recently ruled that a new Basque nationalist party should not be allowed to run in upcoming elections due to its alleged links to ETA. However, while the tribal tone of politics in Madrid made that ruling inevitable, there are signs that there are many in the Basque region – and the judiciary itself – who disagree.

April 11th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics | Read More »

Sortu puts spotlight on Spanish justice system

New party, new logo... but will it be legal?

The unveiling of a new Basque pro-independence party that rejects ETA violence is a major development. Giving its request to run in local elections a fair hearing would reflect well on Spain’s courts, given the maelstrom of political feeling that surrounds this issue.

February 11th, 2011 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

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