DAREDEVIL PEDRO SÁNCHEZ: HOW TO FISH IN THE TROUBLED WATERS OF THE PARLIAMENT (Part 1)

DAREDEVIL PEDRO SÁNCHEZ: HOW TO FISH IN THE TROUBLED WATERS OF THE PARLIAMENT (Part 1) »

26 Nov, 2023
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How Acting President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, is invested President and Prime Minister despite the fact that his "progressive" party, PSOE, came out second to the conservative Popular Party in the general elecrtions. Sánchez was invested on the promise of a government that will give Spain a full four-year term of "stability, coexistence and progress."

DAREDEVIL PEDRO SÁNCHEZ: HOW TO FISH IN THE TROUBLED WATERS OF THE PARLIAMENT (Part 2)

DAREDEVIL PEDRO SÁNCHEZ: HOW TO FISH IN THE TROUBLED WATERS OF THE PARLIAMENT (Part 2) »

26 Nov, 2023
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The priorities of Pedro Sanchez's government if he was elected president of the Spanish Government as expounded at the plenary of the Congress of Deputies. Note that the Mother of All the Controversies in Sanchez´s program is the amnesty for the leaders of the Catalan procés that aimed to separate Catalonia from Spain.

SPAIN ACROSS THE YEARS. PART 1: Sanguinary Civil War, Ferocious Fascism, and the Dawning of a Better Life

SPAIN ACROSS THE YEARS. PART 1: Sanguinary Civil War, Ferocious Fascism, and the Dawning of a Better Life »

4 Sep, 2023
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Here is an enthralling personal account of fascism and the Franco dictatorship by the author who was in Spain in the mid-1970s on the University of California Berkeley’s Education Abroad Program: "The last time I set foot in Spain in 1974 and 1975 fascism and the Franco dictatorship were in their last last legs. Returning 47 years later I braced myself for experiencing big changes."

POLITICAL SCIENCE 101: THE GHOSTLY WINNER OF SPAIN’S GENERAL ELECTION

POLITICAL SCIENCE 101: THE GHOSTLY WINNER OF SPAIN’S GENERAL ELECTION »

16 Aug, 2023
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For weeks now, many in and out of Spain are touting the misconception that the candidate at the top of the list of the party that garnered the largest number of votes “won” the general election. The implication being that, by rights, the top-listed candidate of the “winning” party should be invested President of the Government of Spain. True or false?

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “CURRENT EVENTS…NEWS…BUSINESS/Civil Guards Still Adjusting to Democracy,” 31 May 1985

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “CURRENT EVENTS…NEWS…BUSINESS/Civil Guards Still Adjusting to Democracy,” 31 May 1985 »

13 Aug, 2020
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A news item about the Civil Guards (Guardia Civil) and how it is adjusting to parliamentary democracy in Spain ten years after the death of dictator Francisco Franco. During the dictatorship, the Guardia Civil was a reactionary element associated with internal surveillance and political repression. Once dedicated to repressing opposition to the Franco regime, the adjustment of the police, but, it seems, especially the Civil Guards to democratic rule was not always easy.

SPAIN IS HEADED FOR AN ACRIMONIOUS SNAP ELECTION. CLASHES!

SPAIN IS HEADED FOR AN ACRIMONIOUS SNAP ELECTION. CLASHES! »

18 Feb, 2019
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Following the rejection by the Parliament of the national budget for 2019 proposed by the socialiat government of Pedro Sanchez, the President called snap election on 28 April. Hot on the campaign trail already, the leftist parties inisist on "dialogue" with separatist Catalonia as the only "commonsensical" solution to the escalating Catalan secessionism while the conservatives vow to "defend Spain from its enemies" by implementing indefinitely the harsh Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution. On another plane, the left vows to recover the debilitated welfare state system while the right seeks to implement a liberal economic model.

DEMOCRACY IN SPAIN: IT WORKS!

DEMOCRACY IN SPAIN: IT WORKS! »

6 Jun, 2018
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One might say that the Vote of No Confidence launched by Pedro Sanchez and the PSOE stemmed from a spur-of-the-moment decision, the direct result of the untenable situation brought about by the then incumbent Prime Minister’s failure to heed the national mood. Moreover, everyone agrees that it’s bumpy road all the way for Sanchez, the new President. But, hey, the democratic Constitution worked!

MEET THE CHIEF NEGOTIATOR FOR SPAIN’S ADMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES & FATHER OF ERASMUS, MANUEL MARIN

MEET THE CHIEF NEGOTIATOR FOR SPAIN’S ADMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES & FATHER OF ERASMUS, MANUEL MARIN »

20 Feb, 2018
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As State Secretary for Relations with the European Communities he was, effectively, Chief Negotiator for Spain's admission to the European Communities. He was, moreover, considered the father of the Erasmus Programme

IT’S CONSTITUTION DAY, ¡VIVA ESPAÑA!

IT’S CONSTITUTION DAY, ¡VIVA ESPAÑA! »

6 Dec, 2016
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"Suddenly, life in the Spanish kingdom has acquired an entirely new framework, putting paid to a prolonged dictatorship which made it an international pariah. It was an electrifying moment in the modern history of Spain"