SPAIN TAKES A CLOSE LOOK AT THE EU’s “MARSHALL PLAN” AND FINDS IT BRILLIANT!

SPAIN TAKES A CLOSE LOOK AT THE EU’s “MARSHALL PLAN” AND FINDS IT BRILLIANT! »

28 Jul, 2020
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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez: The Agreement in Brussels of the Coronavirus Recovery Plan marks “one of the most brilliant pages ever written in EU history.” It is “a historic agreement for the economic recovery of our country [i.e., Spain], not only in offering a response to the COVID-19 crisis, but also to the transformations needed.” The Agreement is 95% satisfactory for Spain and 100% for the whole of the EU.

SURPRISE SURPRISE! THE EMPLOYERS’ CONFEDERATION IS HAPPY ABOUT PAY HIKE!

SURPRISE SURPRISE! THE EMPLOYERS’ CONFEDERATION IS HAPPY ABOUT PAY HIKE! »

29 Jan, 2020
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Antonio Garamendi, President of the powerful profit-driven Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations, didn’t seem to be even remotely put out by the 5.5% rise in the national minimum wage that the left-leaning Spanish Government has approved on 22 January 2020. But the Government wants another pay hike in 2021 and it looks like beyond a certain red line the business organizations will no longer play along. The era of a progressive government in Spain has started, after years of conservative rule that consigned 13% of the labor force to working poverty. How long will the new era last?

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.