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Mariano Rajoy

Mariano Rajoy

To his supporters he’s calm, considered, strategic and resilient. But to his critics – whose ranks have swelled this year – Spain’s prime minister is hesitant, rigid, poorly advised and uncharismatic.

December 4th, 2012 | Posted in Iberians 2012 | Read More »

Spain’s Congress protests in pictures

Spanish protests in pictures

Photographer Felipe Fuente witnessed the protests around Spain’s Congress during the last week of September. His photographs reflect a tense few days that saw social unrest intensify and the police widely criticised for their handling of the situation.

October 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Politics, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

Autumn challenges plague Rajoy

Iberosphere editor Guy Hedgecoe looks ahead to the political, social and economic challenges the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will face over the coming weeks.

September 5th, 2012 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

The 15-M movement returns to Puerta del Sol

Supporters of the 15-M protest movement that sprang up last year amid Spain’s economic and politcal malaise returned to Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square at midnight on Saturday in a renewed expression of anger and outrage.

May 14th, 2012 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

Saved from eviction… for now

Ronald de la Cruz addresses a crowd of activists who have turned out to help stop his family from being evicted from their home for failing to keep up mortgage payments. Ronald is a Dominican man who bought a flat in Villaverde Alto, Madrid, in 2004 for 216,000 euros. After losing his job in the construction sector, he was unable to keep up payments on the flat and the bank valued it at half its original price. This negative equity, plus interest and legal fees mean Ronald will still owe the bank thousands even if it manages to take back the property. On this occasion, the protest outside the flat persuaded the legal authorities to suspend the repossession for several days, just minutes after Ronald spoke to supporters. The PAH anti-eviction platform estimates that around 200 evictions are taking place in Spain each day.

February 14th, 2012 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

The mobile society: A more mobilised society?

From protest movements and attempts at direct democracy to the most intimate human interactions, mobile communications are having an impact on everyone’s lives. But how far and how deep is the change?

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December 14th, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

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