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Andrew Eatwell

Andrew is a freelance journalist, writer and photographer. He is managing editor of Iberosphere.

Born in the UK and raised in Spain, his writing interests are eclectic, spanning politics, business and finance to science, technology and environmental affairs. He has worked for a variety of European media including Reuters, El Pais, AFP and for consultancies on EU-funded projects.

He enjoys traveling, immersing himself in different cultures and (unsurprisingly) exploring new cuisine.

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Spain turns right, but where’s the far right?

Far-right in Spain

On November 20, 1975, Spain’s fascist dictator General Francisco Franco was pronounced dead. On that same day 36 years later, Spaniards went to the polls for a general election in which, unlike elsewhere in Europe, the far right was almost nowhere to be seen. But that doesn’t mean the country’s right-wing ghosts have been laid to rest entirely.

December 1st, 2011 | Posted in Politics, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

Right sweeps to power in Spain, but don’t expect “miracles”

Rajoy election victory

A landslide election victory has given the centre-right Popular Party a blank cheque to tackle the economic crisis, but voters expecting immediate results will be sorely disappointed.

November 21st, 2011 | Posted in Politics, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

Ahead of election, Spain’s next prime minister leaves everyone guessing

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 »

Thrifty newcomer may be just the ticket in profligate Portugal

Passos Coelho

Portuguese voters have swung to the centre right in an election focused on the country’s economic woes and IMF bailout.

June 8th, 2011 | Posted in Politics, Featured, Portugal News | Read More »

It’s the economy, stupid

You study hard, you get a university degree and that, you would think, should put you in good stead to land a decent job. Right? No. In Spain, unless you are one of a lucky few, at best you can look forward to years of underpaid work in a sector that has nothing to do with your chosen career, at worst unemployment. Oh, and living with your parents throughout.

May 20th, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog, Featured | Read More »

Spain: Too big to fail?

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 »

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