27 февраля 2019, 21:28

Catalan trial: Rajoy blames police violence on separatists

Spanish former PM says responsibility for injuries lies with organisers of illegal voteSpain’s former prime minister Mariano Rajoy has mounted a robust defence of his handling of the Catalan independence crisis and blamed the police violence that marred the illegal referendum in October 2017 on the separatist politicians who organised the vote.Giving evidence in the trial of 12 Catalan leaders charged over their alleged roles in the push for independence, Rajoy said responsibility for the injuries people suffered as police raided polling stations lay with the secessionist government of the former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont. Continue reading...

15 февраля 2019, 16:22

Spain heads into election unknown as Sánchez runs out of road

Political landscape fragmented amid Catalan secession crisis and re-emergence of far-rightSpain is heading into what could be months of political uncertainty after its Socialist prime minister called a snap general election for April – the country’s third in less than four years – against the backdrop of a continuing Catalan secession crisis.It was always improbable that Pedro Sánchez, whose administration will be the shortest in Spain’s modern democratic history, would last long. He came to power in June only because his predecessor, the conservative Mariano Rajoy, lost a no-confidence vote after a string of corruption revelations about his People’s Party (PP). Continue reading...

30 ноября 2018, 16:20

Spanish prime minister facing first test as Andalucía goes to polls

Pedro Sánchez hoping for strong showing from socialists as rightwing parties fight each other for votesThe man who has been mayor of Dos Hermanas for the past 35 years offers two words when asked to explain the Spanish socialist party’s enduring success in Andalucía: biological memory.“Andalucíans are very aware of their origins,” says Francisco Toscano. “This used to be a very class-conscious society in all the wrong ways. Like some other parts of Spain – such as Extremadura – we were always at the back of the queue when it came to economic development.” Continue reading...

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02 августа 2018, 16:53

A man of principle for Spanish conservatives, by Alberto Mingardi

From 2011 to 2018, Spain has been led by Mariano Rajoy, a prime minister from the Popular Party (the right-wing one). Rajoy’s tenure has been considered by many successful in accomplishing some reform, particularly in the labor market, but Spanish classical liberals have been highly critical of him. Recently Juan Ramon Rallo, the intellectual leader of the Institudo Juan de Mariana, compared the Argentinian President Mauricio Macri to Rajoy – and that’s not meant to be a compliment. My understanding of Spanish politics is limited but I see that Rajoy was considered by many as a step back from José Maria Aznar’s more pronounced free-market rhetoric. Rajoy was a quintessential political animal, who has been in politics basically forever (since the 1980s) and who was better at manoeuvring in the shadows than in taking a stand for bolder reforms. Rajoy was ousted by a non-confidence vote—after leading a coalition government—by Pedro Sanchez, a younger socialist who took his place. Mr. Rajoy could not recover his reputation after a new wave of corruption allegations submerged his own party. This in spite of having attempted to capitalize on the Catalonian crisis, which he faced deploying a stark nationalist rhetoric. Now that the Popular Party is in opposition, and needs to recover from the blow to its reputation caused by the corruption scandal and by the loss of influence caused by Rajoy’s resignation, it actually did something brave. That it, it chose Rajoy’s successor by primary elections, something new for it. Even more surprising is the successor chosen. Pablo Casado, age 37, won the second round of the primary election, overcoming than Rajoy’s right-hand woman Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría. A brilliant Spanish journalist and think-tanker, Diego Sanchez de la Cruz, has a piece here explaining Casado’s proposals on taxes, that basically go in the direction of tax cuts across the board, including halving corporate taxation. Sure Casado’s agenda is wider, and includes following on Rajoy’s footsteps in aggressively responding to Catalans’ demand for independence, but, when it comes to economics, he seems committed to speaking with a free market voice. Javier Fernández-Lasquetty, now Dean of the School of Political Studies and International Relations and Vice-President of the Universidad Francisco Marroquin (UFM) in Guatemala, has written a brilliant article on Casado and why he won. According to Fernández-Lasquetty, the challenge between Casado and Sanchez was a true conflict of visions: A way of doing politics that is not ideological and which is ideologically subordinated to the left, always avoiding political risk, has been defeated by an alternative that accentuates ideas, principles, and convictions, that is not afraid to risk being different. Pablo Casado has shown that with principles you can win if there are courage and joy to defend them. Political parties tend to play safe, particularly when they have been comfortably in government for many years. But contingencies, like the need to recover after a serious reputational blow, can force them to be bold. Or it may happen that their perspective looks so bleak that nobody but an outsider can seriously consider running for their leadership. In a way, this is what happened to the Tories when Margaret Thatcher stepped in the run for the leadership, because she thought conservative dissenters and new-comers needed to have a voice (her mentor and friend, Keith Joseph, was her own first choice but proved to be not the right man for the job). 2018 Spain is not 1976 England and the likes of Margaret Thatcher seem to be in distinctly scarce supply, whatever the party, whatever the country. Still, based on what Sanchez de la Cruz and Fernández-Lasquetty write, I consider Casado’s election an interesting development. In Europe “conservative” parties tend, in these years, to avoid explicitly adopting free-market proposals. With “nationalist” parties on the rise, this may seem politically the reasonable thing to do. That in a major European country, like Spain, things are going in another direction is an interesting signal, all the more so as it comes from a 37 y.o. politician. (2 COMMENTS)

08 июля 2018, 14:30

Inés Arrimadas: ‘We’re all Catalans and we all deserve respect’

Leader of pro-unity party accuses Spanish PM of ‘being mortgaged’ to separatistsSpain’s new Socialist prime minister is due to meet the hardline nationalist president of Catalonia on Monday amid warnings that Madrid must defend national unity and avoid making any concessions to the separatists who have triggered the country’s most serious political crisis since its return to democracy 40 years ago.Pedro Sánchez, who took office at the beginning of June after ousting Mariano Rajoy through a no-confidence vote, has shown a more conciliatory approach to the Catalan controversy than his conservative predecessor and has sought to reduce tensions. Continue reading...

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06 июня 2018, 11:24

Бывший испанский премьер решил оставить политику

Экс-премьер Испании Мариано Рахой решил оставить политическую деятельность. Об этом он заявил в эфире радиостанции...

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05 июня 2018, 15:57

«Лучшие годы позади»: Рахой уходит с поста председателя Народной партии Испании

Бывший председатель правительства Испании Мариано Рахой заявил, что уходит с поста председателя Народной партии (НП)....

05 июня 2018, 15:45

Mariano Rajoy to step down as leader of People’s party

Announcement comes days after he was ousted as Spain’s PM by a vote of no-confidenceMariano Rajoy is to step down as leader of Spain’s conservative People’s party (PP) after being ousted as prime minister last week in a no-confidence vote called amid anger over corruption within the party.Announcing his decision on Tuesday afternoon, Rajoy said: “It’s best for me and for the PP. I think it’s also best for Spain.” Continue reading...

03 июня 2018, 12:23

Catalan leader calls for end to 'indisputable unity' of Spain

Imprisoned Jordi Sànchez urges complete overhaul of Madrid’s approach to crisisThe Catalan independence leader Jordi Sànchez who has been in prison for eight months, has called on the Spanish government to reconsider its adherence to the principle of “the indisputable unity of the homeland”, saying it is the only way out of the political crisis.Sànchez, a regional MP and former leader of the Catalan National Assembly, is facing sedition and rebellion charges over the part he played in demonstrations in the run-up to the unofficial independence referendum last October. Continue reading...

02 июня 2018, 13:49

Pedro Sánchez sworn in as Spain’s prime minister after no-confidence vote

Leader of socialist PSOE faces uphill battle with just 84 seats in 350-seat parliamentPedro Sánchez was sworn in as Spain’s new prime minister on Saturday, a day after the socialist leader overthrew his conservative predecessor, Mariano Rajoy, in a historic vote of no confidence provoked by anger over corruption in Rajoy’s party.Sánchez, whose PSOE party relied on support from the anti-austerity Podemos party as well as Basque and Catalan nationalists to depose Rajoy, will have to govern with just 84 MPs in Spain’s 350-seat parliament. Continue reading...

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02 июня 2018, 12:43

Новый глава испанского правительства принес присягу королю

Новый премьер-министр Испании Педро Санчеса присягнул на верность королю Фелипе VI. Об этом сообщает испанское...

01 июня 2018, 19:24

The Guardian view on Spain’s new government: a fair wind for Sánchez

In the wake of the corruption verdicts in the Gürtel affair it was time for Mariano Rajoy to leave the stage. The new socialist government in Madrid has a big opportunitySpain elected a hung parliament in 2016 and has not had another general election since. So it is tempting to say that one fragile Spanish government has simply been replaced by another after Spanish MPs voted on Friday to dismiss Mariano Rajoy’s centre-right PP in a vote of no confidence. After all, the PP remains the largest single party, with 134 members of the 350-strong Congress of Deputies, while the new prime minister, Pedro Sánchez of the socialists, has only 84, and will be propped up by seven other left and regional parties in key votes.The temptation to dismiss the change should be resisted. The first reason is that Mr Rajoy, a great survivor who had led Spain since 2011 through a recession and the eurozone debt crisis, deserved to go. Last week a court jailed one of his party’s former treasurers for 33 years for fraud and money laundering and fined the PP itself for benefiting institutionally from kickbacks for public contracts in the so called “Gürtel” affair. Mr Rajoy had testified in the case, in which 29 defendants were jailed. After a corruption scandal on such a scale, it was entirely necessary that the party and its leader should be given their marching orders and a new government formed. Continue reading...

01 июня 2018, 18:34

Rajoy is gone. Can Pedro Sánchez tackle the corruption plaguing Spain? | Giles Tremlett

After years of conservative-led scandal and turmoil, the new prime minister must show social democracy still has teethThe surprise in Spain is not that the prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has gone, but that he lasted so long. His conservative People’s party (PP) had been knee-deep in corruption scandals for years. So many of the party’s principal players were involved that it became impossible to blame a few rotten apples. The barrel itself stank of putrefaction.Somehow, however, events conspired to keep Rajoy in power. It was only when his police began beating up citizens in the streets of Catalonia that the rest of the world woke up to what that might actually mean. The worst part of his legacy is a restriction of fundamental rights and his overempowerment of a police force that can now even fine people for taking photographs of suspected abuses. Continue reading...

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01 июня 2018, 13:23

Испанскому правительству вынесен вотум недоверия

Конгресс депутатов Испании большинством голосов вынес вотум недоверия правительству Мариано Рахоя. Новым премьер-министром станет лидер...

01 июня 2018, 12:34

Mariano Rajoy ousted as Spain's prime minister

Parliament passes vote of no confidence in ruling People’s party over corruption scandalMariano Rajoy, once viewed as the great survivor of Spanish politics, has been ousted as prime minister in a vote of no confidence after several former members of his party were convicted of corruption in a case that proved a scandal too far.He will be replaced by Pedro Sánchez, the leader of Spain’s opposition socialist PSOE party, which tabled the motion to unseat him. Continue reading...

01 июня 2018, 07:00

Pedro Sánchez: from economics professor to political trailblazer

Leader of PSOE party poised to make history by becoming prime minister of SpainBarring any of the last-minute upsets that have come to characterise politics in Madrid and Barcelona lately, Pedro Sánchez will make history on Friday by becoming the first Spanish politician to unseat a prime minister through a motion of no-confidence. Continue reading...

31 мая 2018, 14:08

Rajoy likely to be forced out as Spanish PM as Basque party turns against him

Leader may choose to resign rather than facing no-confidence vote in the wake of kickbacks-for-contracts scandalMariano Rajoy’s controversial and scandal-mired tenure as Spanish prime minister seemed all but certain to be entering its final hours on Thursday afternoon when a small Basque party threw its weight behind a no-confidence motion tabled after Rajoy’s party was found to have profited from a huge corruption racket.After hours of suspense, the Basque Nationalist party (PNV) revealed it had decided to back the motion proposed by the opposition socialist party, PSOE, delivering the handful of votes required to oust Rajoy of the People’s party (PP) and replace him with the PSOE leader, Pedro Sánchez. Continue reading...

30 мая 2018, 14:28

Spain: Ciudadanos leader urges snap election to resolve ‘institutional crisis’

Albert Rivera says Rajoy government is ‘over’ after his party’s corruption convictionSpain’s centre-right Ciudadanos party has warned the prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, that his party’s recent corruption conviction has fatally wounded the government and plunged the country into an “institutional crisis” that can be resolved only through a snap general election.Speaking to the Guardian as Rajoy prepares to face a no-confidence debate on Thursday and Friday, the Ciudadanos leader, Albert Rivera, said the government was “over and done with”. Continue reading...

11 ноября 2015, 08:19

Испания раскалывается?

В понедельник парламент Каталонии утвердил резолюцию, одобряющую «процесс создания независимого государства». Каталонцы собрались стать независимыми от Испании уже к 2017 году. «Дорожная карта» сторонников независимости представляет собой чётко прописанные шаги: сформировать государственные структуры и разработать конституцию. Также указывается, что парламент Каталонии не станет подчиняться испанским государственным институтам. Парламентарии всерьёз говорят о скором создании «справедливой» каталонской республики.