Zapatero’s strategy and the success of the “calculated maneuvers”

Does the Popular Party have a reason to celebrate?

Posted by , 27th March 2008

zpganador.jpgMoving beyond the lessons that the nationalist parties and the communist left (IU) should take home from their loss of votes to the PSOE, the only statement that is valid today is that the general elections in Spain have only one winner: José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Even if the PP has increased its presence in parliament, today it constitutes more opposition than it did four years ago. Mariano Rajoy’s strategists have failed.


An Electoral Passions Reunion

The positive (and less recognized) aspect of confrontational tension

Posted by , 13th March 2008

urna.jpgRegarding the several approaching appointments with the ballot boxes (Spain, Italy, the United States, and municipalities in France), the author analyzes the democratic components common to the several campaigns. Using the American model and the current political involvement of its citizenry, he reminds the readers that a party system is far from being a summation of apparatuses; rather, the system responds to a dynamic in which each strong force talks to, competes with, and confronts the other.


Is the Spanish monarchy viable?

The unshakable taboo of the crown-wearer

Posted by , 27th February 2008

juancarlos.jpgNo one disputes Juan Carlos I’s role as facilitator of democracy during the Spanish transition. Regardless of the current crown-wearer’s behavior, the author believes it is necessary to open up a serious debate concerning the viability of the monarchy, and he directly points to the type of regime that we want in Spain.


The harmful convergence of politics in Spain

The PSOE and the PP: no solutions to the problems

Posted by , 7th February 2008

luismendezpppsoe.jpgIn spite of sustained macroeconomic growth, which was close to 4 percent in 2007 but not duly reflected in the majority of the population’s pockets, Spain continues to suffer from important production, competition and exportation shortages, among other problems. Neither the Socialist Party nor the Popular Party’s programs addresses the economic transformations that Spain urgently needs.


The electoral contest intensifies in Spain

Economic slowdown and ETA, the focal points of the presidential battle of March 9

Posted by , 24th January 2008

sagrarioespania.jpgThe electoral battle between president José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (PSOE) and opposition leader Mariano Rajoy (Partido Popular) is intensifying. The foreseeable economic slowdown in 2008, the rise in prices, the growth of the foreign deficit, and the slump in the real-estate sector signal the end of a cycle and show competitiveness problems. The second big topic is the antiterrorist fight: despite not going through a good period (thanks to political and judicial action), it would not be unlikely for ETA to carry out terrorist acts before the elections.


Why Spain’s future is at stake

The autonomous model and the relationship between the Church and the State, unresolved topics

Posted by , 24th January 2008

rouco.jpgThere are two unresolved matters in the Spanish democracy outside of the current situation that no government has managed to resolve since the Transition: the political aspirations of certain autonomous regions and the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Spanish State. The first challenge is Spain’s territorial configuration, which continues to be questioned by a minority of the population that is by no means insignificant, capable of influencing, by means of its political representation (PNV and CiU), the Government; the second, the need to proclaim constitutional laicism in order to avoid religious interference in governmental affairs.