Richard Lawson

Unease over corruption among Popular Party ranks

The continuing corruption cases affecting the Popular Party (PP), and the leadership’s response to them, are creating a climate of discontent in traditional conservative bastions like Madrid and Valencia. “How do you explain this to people?” said one highly placed member of the Valencian PP bitterly. Although the official party …

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The Spanish economy grew by 3.2% in 2015

The National Statistics Institute (INE) on Friday confirmed an estimate advanced by the Bank of Spain a month ago: gross domestic product (GDP) grew 3.2% last year, the biggest improvement since 2007, before the crisis hit home. The Spanish economy managed to prolong its upward pace in the final stretch …

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Neil Young to headline new Madrid festival

Madrid is set to get its own major music festival – and Neil Young has been recruited to headline its first edition. After years of waiting, failed attempts and great expectations, the Mad Cool Festival is scheduled to take place in the Spanish capital this June with the aim of …

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Sanchez and Iglesias negotiate proposal to form government

The leaders of the PSOE and Podemos, Pedro Sanchez and Pablo Iglesias, respectively, have today spoken about forming a “plural and progressive” government. The conversation was cordial and both have agreed to maintain contact in the coming days on the need to reach an agreement to form a government of …

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Lower energy prices are good news for Spain

Lower prices for energy and other commodities may be good news for importing countries such as Spain. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released an update of its World Economic Outlook report, raising its own forecast for Spanish GDP growth over the next two years. In the new scenario, the …

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