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The 'Double Truth' Revealed by Greek Crisis Shows Path Ahead Is a 'Two Speed' Europe

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 07.06.2015 | World
Nicolas Berggruen

Europe has arrived at its moment of double truth. The muddling is over with and the path ahead is clear for all to see.

What European Leaders Besides Merkel Think About The Greek Referendum

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 07.02.2015 | World

Greeks head to the polls on Sunday to vote on whether they’ll continue austerity policies imposed by creditors and their European partners or strike...

The Tale of Two Economies

Kevin Price | Posted 02.15.2015 | World
Kevin Price

In 2008 the world was riveted by the economic collapse of Europe as countries plummeted into financial ruin due to deficits out of control. Particularly hard hit were countries like Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Cyprus, and Spain.

Spain Backs Away From Anti-Abortion Reforms

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
Kevin A. Lees

It's not just the United States that struggles over competing beliefs about abortion. In Spain, pro-choice advocates won one of their biggest international victories of the decade when the country's conservative government this week backed down on plans to implement a restrictive new abortion law.

United States of ... Spain?

Guillermo Fesser | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Guillermo Fesser

The Spanish legacy in the US is something nobody seems to have a clue about. Neither Americans, nor Spaniards. Two thirds of the actual territory of the U.S. was once under Spanish rule, and for some reason, that fascinating part of history has never been told.

Spain's King Juan Carlos To Abdicate Throne

AP | ALAN CLENDENNING | Posted 08.01.2014 | World

MADRID (AP) — Spain's King Juan Carlos, who led Spain's transition from dictatorship to democracy but faced damaging scandals amid the nation's fina...

Is Cataluña the Next Crimea?

Max Holleran | Posted 05.25.2014 | World
Max Holleran

Nothing spells political desperation like the frantic search for metaphors.

Spain's First Post-Franco PM Dies

AP | HAROLD HECKLE | Posted 03.24.2014 | World

MADRID (AP) — Adolfo Suarez, Spain's first democratically elected prime minister after decades of right-wing rule under Gen. Francisco Franco, has d...

Tens of Thousands Protest the Erosion of Abortion Rights in Spain

Alana Moceri | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Alana Moceri

Unlike in the U.S. where the war on women's right to choose is being played out insidiously at the state level, Spain's Popular Party went for a full-frontal assault on this right because they can.

Will the Spanish Prime Minister Withstand the Corruption Tsunami?

Antonio Roldán Monés | Posted 10.02.2013 | World
Antonio Roldán Monés

While the most likely outcome is that Mariano Rajoy will withstand this tsunami, a complex judicial investigation and a potential new wave of indignados in the streets may threaten Spain's political stability after the summer break. Here are the three possible scenarios in the next few months.

Spain's PM Feels Heat Over Alleged Texts

AP | ALAN CLENDENNING and CIARAN GILES | Posted 09.14.2013 | World

MADRID — Spain's prime minister on Monday brushed off demands he should resign after text messages emerged showing him comforting a political pa...

Spain's Opposition Leaders Call For PM's Resignation

AP | Posted 09.13.2013 | World

MADRID — Spanish opposition leaders on Sunday urged Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to resign after a newspaper published what it said were text me...

Spain's Prime Minister Rocked By Corruption Scandal

Reuters | Posted 09.08.2013 | World

By Sonya Dowsett and Julien Toyer MADRID, July 9 (Reuters) - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy may take a pounding from fresh corru...

Spain Spent $680 Million On A Submarine That Can't Float

The Huffington Post | Carlo Davis | Posted 06.12.2013 | World

As Spain seeks to rein in ballooning deficits, it has discovered some of its bloat surfacing from an unexpected place: under the sea. According to ...

Spanish Court To Probe Massive Corruption Scandal

AP | Posted 03.07.2013 | World

MADRID -- Spain's National Court has opened a probe into allegations of slush fund payments by the ruling Popular Party's former treasurer to leading ...

Defraud a Think Tank In Spain, Live Happily Ever After In The U.S.

Alana Moceri | Posted 05.05.2013 | World
Alana Moceri

Their story is so strange it dominated Spanish headlines for several news cycles while it destroyed their reputations as well as the credibility of the young think tank they defrauded. They can't show their faces in Spain, yet she runs her production company out of New York and he's in Washington, DC, working for the IMF.

My Big Fat Spanish Corruption Story

Alana Moceri | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
Alana Moceri

From the outside, politics and corruption seem to go hand in hand but when you work on the inside, the day to day is much more mundane. You hardly expect to find yourself unwittingly entangled in the type of sordid affair that makes big headlines. But I did.

Spain's PM Publishes Tax Returns

AP | Posted 02.09.2013 | World

MADRID -- Spain's prime minister has published a summary of his income and tax returns in a bid to defuse a corruption scandal engulfing his governmen...

Spanish Prime Minister Denies Corruption Charges

AP | By HAROLD HECKLE | Posted 04.04.2013 | World

MADRID (AP) — Riot police clashed with protesters in Madrid late Saturday and impromptu demonstrations broke out in several other Spanish cities fol...

Spanish PM Engulfed In Massive Corruption Scandal

El Pais | J. M. Romero, F. Mercado, M. Jiménez, C. E. Cué | Posted 02.01.2013 | World

The ruling Popular Party’s internal accounting between 1990 and 2008, to which EL PAÍS has had access, shows that the conservative grouping’s lea...

The Disaster of Evictions

Pedro Almodóvar | Posted 01.13.2013 | World
Pedro Almodóvar

Evictions are a real disaster that like tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes, require governments to take immediate and effective action to help solve the desperation and absolute helplessness of their victims.

The Roars of Reality

Montserrat Domínguez | Posted 12.04.2012 | World
Montserrat Domínguez

In the West Wing of the Moncloa someone must have spent the weekend wondering what went so wrong for reality to shatter a carefully designed plan to relaunch the battered Spanish trademark.

Reality and Narration

Pedro Almodóvar | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Pedro Almodóvar

It sometimes happens that when you're hard at work making fiction, you get invaded by the feeling that what's important is happening elsewhere -- something much more powerful than the story that you have been creating, with care and obsession. That's what happened to me on Tuesday.

Europe's Latest Gimmick

Robert Kuttner | Posted 11.09.2012 | World
Robert Kuttner

The EU is now officially back in recession. Unemployment is rising in all of the nations that have submitted to austerity plans. Even the Germans, who benefit from the rest of Europe's pain because capital flight produces very low German interest rates, are headed for a recession later this year, according to the OECD. Europe's economies are prisoners of Merkel's austerity demands on one side, and the speculative attacks of the bond market on the other. In principle, the ECB could extend unlimited support to government bonds, and take the profit out of speculation. Draghi's latest announcement seems to offer just that, but the austerity conditions render it next to useless.

¿Sabes que ya estás consumiendo al 21% de IVA?

Rubén Sánchez | Posted 09.20.2012 | Spain
Rubén Sánchez

Habrá multitud de facturas eléctricas en septiembre en las que habrá que abonar consumos tanto de agosto como de julio con el IVA al 21%. A la luz se le aplica el IVA normal sumado al impuesto sobre la electricidad, lo que en total representa el 27,19% de impuestos.