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Malcontents in search of democracy

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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 »

What will follow the Spanish Spring?

15-M Madrid

Spain’s 15-M protest has now moved out of the squares and into the streets. While its structure and the lack of a detailed, coherent manifesto hinder it when it comes to offering solutions, the movement has managed to galvanise the political consciousness of thousands of young people.

June 13th, 2011 | Posted in Politics, Featured | Read More »

With almost five million out of work, Spain’s unemployment crisis rages on

The number of people out of work in Spain hit a new record high in the first quarter of the year, but the government insists it will not surpass the five million mark. It made a similar prediction in 2009 – and was quickly proven wrong. Is this a case of history repeating itself?

April 29th, 2011 | Posted in Business, Featured | Read More »

Not yet a Greek tragedy, but still a Spanish drama

Spain may not be on the verge of seeking a Greek-style bailout, but the government’s slow progress on cutting a burgeoning budget deficit is doing little to calm jittery investors.

May 7th, 2010 | Posted in Business | Read More »

What now for the “PIGS”?

Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain have all been grouped together by some market watchers as potentially unstable economies due, supposedly, to their deficit and debt levels. But a closer look at the figures tells a different story.

April 24th, 2010 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Running on Ẽmpty

Austerity after stimulus. The government reigns in spending to calm jittery debt markets, but is an economy mired by recession and unemployment ready?

February 4th, 2010 | Posted in Business | Read More »

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