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Leaving the water running

In a landmark admission of guilt, Catalonia’s Unió party has admitted to corruption. But don’t start opening the champagne…

January 11th, 2013 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

Assange and Garzón: what took them so long?

Baltasar Garzón and Julian Assange.

The Wikileaks founder has hired the services of Spain’s best-known magistrate, with whom he has plenty in common.

July 26th, 2012 | Posted in Iberoblog, Featured | Read More »

Spain’s true crisis isn’t economic, it’s institutional

The Spanish Bull's bones.

The ongoing economic slump has helped erode the credibility of Spain’s banks, politicians, judiciary and royalty. The much-vaunted Transition to democracy needs to be updated.

June 29th, 2012 | Posted in Politics, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

Spain’s Freedom of Information Act? Not by a long chalk…

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s plans for greater transparency in government are more about calming the public’s perception of endemic corruption than making administrators accountable.

April 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Politics, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

¡Viva la corrupción!

Valencia leader Francisco Camps has finally stepped down. But the corruption allegations he faces and the way he has weathered the storm so far reflect badly not just on him, but also on his party and an electorate that kept returning him to power.

July 22nd, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog, Featured | Read More »

Malcontents in search of democracy


In recent weeks Spain has witnessed campouts and protests over the political system and the economy. In different cities citizens, mostly young, have taken over public squares to express their opinions, highlight their grievances and try to create, at least initially, a (non-virtual) social network that they hope will translate into a movement that makes clear the real power of citizens in a democratic society. Although some of the protests have been violent, the movement has acted quickly to distance itself from illegal courses of action.

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June 21st, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

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