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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 »

Aznar lets his hair down

The former Spanish prime minister is enjoying life as a high-earning poster boy of neo-conservative values. But having put his famed austerity behind him, Aznar is in danger of remaining a divisive political figure, who refuses to embrace the statesmanship befitting a retired national leader.

February 16th, 2011 | Posted in Politics, Featured | Read More »

No end in sight to Zapatero’s succession dilemma

The Spanish prime minister has had a tough autumn so far, leaving him weaker than ever. However, there is little indication he will be replaced as the Socialist candidate for the 2012 general elections.

October 15th, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Spain and Morocco’s annual spat over for another year

Despite the diplomatic tensions between Madrid and Rabat during the summer, this kind of problem has become a regular summer occurrence.

October 4th, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Opposing Spain’s abortion law: don’t blame the Church

Despite reports to the contrary, the Vatican is not the driving force behind resistance to the country’s latest social legislation; the naysaying Popular Party is the real culprit.

August 6th, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Garzón, the PP, and a Byzantine justice system

The lawsuit against Spain’s best-known judge for investigating Franco-era crimes has bewildered many observers. However, the reasons for the current three-pronged legal assault on Garzón lie in the machinations of a politicised judiciary.

April 19th, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

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