Hedging Bets

Thousands of Spaniards marched in the capital Madrid over the weekend in a show of support for Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, days after the left-wing leader announced that he was considering stepping down because of an investigation into his wife for corruption, the Guardian reported. He...

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The Return

A plan to forgive Catalan separatists in Spain might have seemed like a political masterstroke when it was first conceived, but the future for Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his minority government in Madrid is still far from certain. The exiled leader of the Catalan...

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In Limbo

Spain grappled with a political impasse Monday after the results of Sunday’s general elections showed no single party securing the parliamentary majority needed to form a government, CNN reported. The results showed that the center-right Partido Popular (PP) led the race with 136 seats, while the...

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Winning Minds, Losing Hearts

“Sanchismo” might be the wedge issue in Spain’s general election on July 23. That’s because the center-right Partido Popular leader Alberto Núñez Feijóo and other conservative leaders are expected to defeat Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party – in part, because they...

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On Edge

The European Union’s General Court rejected an appeal by Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to maintain his immunity as a lawmaker of the European Parliament, a ruling that could pave the way for his extradition to Spain to face trial, Reuters reported Wednesday. Puigdemont and other...

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Swinging Politics

Aficionados of Spanish history will likely know that the fascists won the country’s civil war in the 1930s. Socialists took over in the 1980s and 90s, from 2004 until 2011, and again in 2018 when Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party...

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Ridicule Vs. Respect

The Spanish government passed a bill this week that will ban “comic” bullfighting events featuring dwarves wearing costumes, a move that disability rights groups welcomed but a few surviving performers criticized, the Associated Press reported. Groups of people with dwarfism – self-styled as “dwarf toreros” –...

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Yes and No

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez apologized this week to sexual assault victims for a legal loophole in landmark legislation that aimed to combat sexual violence – but has also allowed some convicted offenders to be released early and others to receive a reduced sentence, Agence...

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Fair Wages

A Spanish court ruled this week that a divorced woman should receive about $215,000 from her ex-husband as compensation for unpaid housework during their 25-year marriage, Insider reported. The case centers on Ivana Moral, 48, who divorced her husband in 2020. When the couple married in...

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Dragnet

Russia’s military intelligence agency is suspected of directing a Russia-based white supremacist group to carry out the letter bombing campaign in Spain last year, the Moscow Times reported. In late November and early December, six letter bombs were addressed to prominent government, military and diplomatic targets...

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