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Mariano Rajoy Wins Confidence Vote To Be Spanish Prime Minister

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 01.02.2017 | Home

MADRID, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Spain ended 10 months of political gridlock on Saturday when lawmakers agreed to grant conservative leader Mariano Rajoy a ...

Spain Remains Fragmented After Elections

Montserrat Domínguez | Posted 06.27.2016 | Home
Montserrat Domínguez

Four years and six months later, the Popular Party's performance is astounding. In Europe, the administrators of austerity have generally failed. The PP appears to be an exception.

Spain Is Living Its Own Version Of 'Groundhog Day'

Guillermo Rodríguez | Posted 06.22.2016 | Home
Guillermo Rodríguez

Spanish people are drained. It feels like Spain is the main character in the movie Groundhog Day: Everything starts fresh with each new round of elections.

A Few Takeaways From Spain's Four-Way Debate

Montserrat Domínguez | Posted 06.15.2016 | Home
Montserrat Domínguez

A debate with four candidates is very inefficient with regards to discussing tangible proposals on taxes, research, pensions, the minimum wage, labor reform, education or autonomy.

Suddenly, A Government Appears In Spain

Montserrat Domínguez | Posted 01.25.2017 | Home
Montserrat Domínguez

While we wonder if Rajoy has died (politically), the acting president gives an unexpected turn of the screw. He keeps breathing. The election, the humiliation, can wait. He won't resign from anything. The term stretches on, and there is another round of meetings with the king. With what new offer?

Spanish PM Rajoy Turns Down King's Offer To Form New Government

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 01.05.2017 | Home

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s incumbent conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy turned down an offer Friday by King Felipe VI to try to form a new gover...

Spain Votes "No" to Failed Economic Policies

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 12.23.2016 | Home
Mark Weisbrot

In Spain's elections last Sunday, the two parties that have ruled the country for the past three decades took serious losses. This has important implications for the future of not only the country but also the rest of Europe.

In This New Political Era, Spain's Socialists Must Stand Up To Rajoy's Popular Party

Pablo Iglesias | Posted 12.23.2016 | Home
Pablo Iglesias

Maybe it's time for a highly-regarded independent figure to take the necessary steps to try to stop the Popular Party from governing in Spain, and put an end to the corruption and inequality.

Spaniards: Bipartisanship Is Dead

Miguel Urban | Posted 12.21.2016 | Home
Miguel Urban

podemos spain elections Political change is just the starting point, a window of opportunity to put these subjects on the table and to promote the kind of change that translates into an authentic social revolution.

Spain Breaks With Its Past

Montserrat Domínguez | Posted 12.20.2016 | Home
Montserrat Domínguez

spain elections The 20D vote has thus opened the door to no less than three extremely complex and uncertain scenarios. The only certainty about this election is that the country broke with its past.

Why Spain Is Not Greece... Yet!

Cas Mudde | Posted 12.20.2016 | Home
Cas Mudde

After the implosion of the two old parties and the electoral success of the two new parties last night, Iglesias declared that a new Spain is born. He might be right, but for now, that new Spain does not look much like Greece.

Europe: North And South

Pavlos Tsimas | Posted 12.20.2016 | Home
Pavlos Tsimas

Spain has tilted slightly to the left and, for the first time in post Franco history, is about to experience some sort of coalition government.

Spanish Prime Minister Punched In The Face During Campaign Tour

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 12.17.2015 | Home

Here's an unwise way to get a politician's attention. On Wednesday evening, a teenager punched Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in the face during...

Spanish Elections Heat Up While an Era Comes to an End

Montserrat Domínguez | Posted 12.15.2016 | Home
Montserrat Domínguez

The only certainty in regard to the elections next Sunday is that on Monday, a new political era will begin in Spain. Farewell to the absolute majorities and to the monochrome governments -- Hello to negotiation and agreement.

My Little Country Heads to the Polls

Carlos Carnicero Urabayen | Posted 12.09.2016 | Home
Carlos Carnicero Urabayen

The collapse of bipartisanship, the birth of the unknown in Spain, the rampant fragmentation in parliament, and the need to reach an accord just to go to the bathroom, have all plagued the country and will test our democratic maturity.

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

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 07.06.2016 | Home
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 | Home

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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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.

Is Cataluña the Next Crimea?

Max Holleran | Posted 05.25.2014 | Home
Max Holleran

Nothing spells political desperation like the frantic search for metaphors.

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 | Home
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 Prime Minister Rocked By Corruption Scandal

Reuters | Posted 09.08.2013 | Home

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 | Home

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 ...