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Whither conservatism?

The left is in retreat and the right is commanding politics. But what kind of right is it? Is it the broadly liberal conservatism that underpinned liberal democracy’s post-1945 success or an illiberal hard right claiming to speak for ‘the people.’? The past decade has seen a surge in [...]

What is happening with Spanish exports?

The Spanish economy’s external sector has suffered the impact of COVID-19 with greater intensity than other EU countries. This is mainly due to its sector-based specialisation, though it should be noted that before the pandemic it was already showing a slight deceleration in both exports and imports. There are [...]

The trials and tribulations of Ciudadanos

Ciudadanos (Cs) is a rara avis in Spain’s fragmented and polarized political scene. It started as Ciutadans de Catalunya, a civic platform, in Catalonia in 2006 to combat the region’s independence movement; became a party winning three of the 135 seats in the Catalan parliament that same year; entered [...]

COVID-19 ups Spain’s income inequality

The lines of people queuing for food at community centres around the country have got noticeably longer, as a result of the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the poorest and most vulnerable. The relative poverty rate (those living with less than 60% of the median disposable income), which finally [...]

Politically fractured Spain’s pressing need for consensus post COVID-19

The Bank of Spain’s sensible call for a broad political agreement lasting several legislatures on measures to meet the enormous economic challenges, as a result of the devastating impact of COVID-19, looks as if has fallen on deaf ears even before getting off the ground. Two days after Pablo [...]

COVID-19 in Spain: tentatively moving toward a ‘new normality’

The COVID-19 toll in Spain is one of the highest in the world –more than 217,000 diagnosed cases, around 20% of them frontline health workers in hospitals and care homes and some 2,000 military personnel, and over 25,000 deaths. Now that the trend is finally downward, the government is [...]

Coronavirus in Spain: time to revamp the Moncloa Pacts

In times of profound crisis, countries can pull together and revive morale by political parties burying their differences and agreeing a set of measures and implementing them with or without a coalition government. This was the case, for example, of the UK during World War Two when a Conservative [...]

Spain in times of the coronavirus

Every evening on the dot of 8pm my neighbours in Madrid take to their windows, balconies or front doors, if they have a house, to applaud those in the healthcare system working tirelessly and in far from optimum conditions of safety, due to the lack of protective equipment, to [...]

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