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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 [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Domestic politics / foreign policy

‘All politics is local’, observed Tip O’Neill, speaker of the US House of Representatives in the 1980s. Foreign policy and domestic politics and policy are intimately linked. Thus, the foreign arena is used to defend domestic interests, and the course of domestic politics determines various factors abroad. This involves [...]

Spaniards are happier

Spain is a happier nation than it was a year ago, according to the World Happiness Report (WHR), produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative for the United Nations, and based on Gallup surveys between 2016 and 2018. Finland was again the happiest country for [...]

Forty years of democratic Spain

Forty years ago this month, Spaniards overwhelmingly approved their new Constitution in a referendum which sealed the country’s transition to democracy. General Francisco Franco had died in 1975, after ruling Spain since 1939 following his victory in the three-year civil war. Be it economically with, for example, the creation [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega US unemployment: good, but…

The latest official unemployment figure in the US, released in September, stood at 3.7%, a figure unheard of since 1969, which puts it on the brink of full employment. Or does it? Because despite the data, and annual GDP growth of 4.2%, there is widespread malaise in US society [...]

Spain’s protests over pensions: no room for populist measures

Old age pensioners (OAPs) have been protesting across Spain at their ‘miserable’ pensions which since 2014 have stopped being automatically indexed to inflation and have risen by only 0.25% a year under reforms aimed at making the creaking system sustainable. The population is ageing at a much faster pace [...]

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