WHERE TO, SPAIN? Is the Country Headed for New Elections?

WHERE TO, SPAIN? Is the Country Headed for New Elections? »

7 Aug, 2019
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Uncertainty assails Spain these days. It is possible that a new parliamentary election will be held before the year is out because of the deadlock in investing the President of the Government. I asked a dozen young Spaniards in Puerta del Sol about it and ALL of them said there's going to be an election indeed. Surprisingly, most of them also think it's a good thing.

THE MORNING AFTER — A PSOE VICTORY

THE MORNING AFTER — A PSOE VICTORY »

6 May, 2019
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A post-election analysis

HOW THE GOOD OLD SPANISH TWO-PARTY SYSTEM GOT CLOBBERED

HOW THE GOOD OLD SPANISH TWO-PARTY SYSTEM GOT CLOBBERED »

6 May, 2019
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In just a decade, the predictable two-party environment in Spain fractured into a wide breadth of parties and ideologies and may never revert to the what-had-once-been. This will certainly make for a more chaotic system, but a more interesting one as well.

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!

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “The EEC? I thought we were on another planet,” 10 MAY 1985

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “The EEC? I thought we were on another planet,” 10 MAY 1985 »

20 Feb, 2018
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A unique, rivetting, witty, and even hilarious account of the historic days immediately following the end of the 8-year negotiation for Spain's membership in the European Common Market: “It was difficult and freakish work.”

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

PONTEVEDRA PENSÉES: “Latta” & Stuff

PONTEVEDRA PENSÉES: “Latta” & Stuff »

16 Feb, 2017
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Random thoughts from a Brit in the North West. Sometimes serious, sometimes not. Quite often curmudgeonly.

NEW SPANISH PRIME MINISTER IS INVESTED BY ABSTENTION

NEW SPANISH PRIME MINISTER IS INVESTED BY ABSTENTION »

30 Oct, 2016
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After 315 days of a caretaker government, Spain can finally get on with
the business of truly running the country

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE, BUT DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE, BUT DON’T FORGET TO VOTE! »

14 Sep, 2016
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The law is the law and Christmas Day election is what the Spaniards are going to get , unless . . .