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Mariano Rajoy

Mariano Rajoy

To his supporters he’s calm, considered, strategic and resilient. But to his critics – whose ranks have swelled this year – Spain’s prime minister is hesitant, rigid, poorly advised and uncharismatic.

December 4th, 2012 | Posted in Iberians 2012 | Read More »

Spain’s Congress protests in pictures

Spanish protests in pictures

Photographer Felipe Fuente witnessed the protests around Spain’s Congress during the last week of September. His photographs reflect a tense few days that saw social unrest intensify and the police widely criticised for their handling of the situation.

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

Saved from eviction… for now

Ronald de la Cruz addresses a crowd of activists who have turned out to help stop his family from being evicted from their home for failing to keep up mortgage payments. Ronald is a Dominican man who bought a flat in Villaverde Alto, Madrid, in 2004 for 216,000 euros. After losing his job in the construction sector, he was unable to keep up payments on the flat and the bank valued it at half its original price. This negative equity, plus interest and legal fees mean Ronald will still owe the bank thousands even if it manages to take back the property. On this occasion, the protest outside the flat persuaded the legal authorities to suspend the repossession for several days, just minutes after Ronald spoke to supporters. The PAH anti-eviction platform estimates that around 200 evictions are taking place in Spain each day.

February 14th, 2012 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

The mobile society: A more mobilised society?

From protest movements and attempts at direct democracy to the most intimate human interactions, mobile communications are having an impact on everyone’s lives. But how far and how deep is the change?

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December 14th, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

Iberians of the Year 2011: Spain’s Indignados

The Spanish ‘revolution’ of 2011 may have fizzled out, but the legacy of the protests in Spain is still being felt in movements such as Occupy Wall Street. If anyone deserves to be named Iberians of the Year 2011 for their impact and influence, it is Spain’s indignados.

December 12th, 2011 | Posted in Politics, Iberians 2011, Spain News | Read More »

Spain’s greatest export: protest and outrage

The country’s indignados protesters are yet to see solid results of their ongoing push for political and economic change. But they can claim credit for helping spark the worldwide unrest seen on October 15.

October 16th, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog, Featured | Read More »

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