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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 »

Rajoy approaches the big job with his head down

The Popular Party’s leader could be Spain’s new prime minister within a matter of months; which is why he needs to understand the responsibility he has not to further damage the country’s economic credibility with electoral scaremongering.

June 16th, 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 »

Portugal gets bailout as Sócrates eyes reelection

When Portuguese Prime Minister José Sócrates resigned in March after his debt-reducing austerity plan was thrown out of the Lisbon parliament many people thought it would be the end of the once popular leftist leader. They may have been wrong.

May 4th, 2011 | Posted in Business, Portugal News | Read More »

Spain and Portugal’s right shun austerity and Brussels – for now

Iberia’s main opposition parties have refused to back the painful cuts advocated by their countries’ Socialist administrations. This may win them votes, but with the chance to take power soon, both conservative parties will soon have to take some tough decisions.

March 29th, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

Spain held hostage by its banks

The Spanish banking sector lies at the heart of the country’s current economic problems, but the situation could have been much worse were it not for regulatory foresight.

March 17th, 2011 | Posted in Business | Read More »

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