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Acting Prime Minister Rajoy’s statement about immediate impact of Brexit vote

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Yesterday, 23 June 2016, British people voted to leave the European Union. The final share of the Brexit Referendum was Leave 51.9% (17.4 million votes) and Remain 48.1% (16.1 million votes). This morning, acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy made this statement (this is an edited version; you can read the full text ...

Andalucia 2015 elections: #22M

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

[caption id="attachment_16304" align="aligncenter" width="515" caption="This Sunday there are regional elections in Andalucia."] [/caption] If you live in Spain, you'll have noticed banners and posters around towns and cities advertising various political parties. The reason is because this Sunday, 22 March, regional elections will take place across Andalucia. The results - which are ...

Semana Santa, Podemos, and an unfortunate gaffe

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

[caption id="attachment_2796" align="aligncenter" width="563" caption="Semana Santa in Seville - the city's most beloved festival. Mess with it at your peril, politicians."] [/caption] Earlier this week a news story took Social Media in Seville by storm. But it wasn’t about anything that had actually happened. Instead, it was the perfect example of ...

General strike on Wednesday: 14N

Monday, November 12th, 2012

This Wednesday, 14 November, there is a 24-hour general strike across Spain - the second this year. But not just Spain; trade unions across much of Europe are urging their members to show anger at governments which are making lives impossible, on a pan-European day of action organised by the ...

Manuel Cortes: a biography

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Guest Post: Rebekah Thompson One of the most famous (or some would say infamous) characters in Andalucía during the Civil War, not for his participation but for his ability to remain hidden for three decades, was Manuel Cortes, former Mayor of Mijas. Through hard work, cunning and an endless list of ...

29M: general strike

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

It's unusual for this blog to have three posts in a row about politics, but then this has been quite a week. First of all, the PP failed to win its widely-predicted majority in the Andalucian Parliament in last Sunday's elections, leaving the regional president in a political no-man's-land, since he ...

The Andalucian regional elections: the results

Monday, March 26th, 2012

So, the Andalucian people went to the polls yesterday to vote for a new regional parliament, and they went for... the PP, by a hair's breadth. It was a real cliffhanger - at 10pm, the PSOE was actually leading, but then their lead dropped, they went neck-and-neck with the PP, and ...

Andalucian Regional Elections: the background

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

GUEST POST: CHRIS CHAPLOW [caption id="attachment_5663" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Election posters galore: PP, PSOE and IU. But who will win a majority on Sunday?"][/caption] This Sunday elections for the Junta de Andalucia (Andalucian Parliament) will take place. A president will be chosen, who will then form a government responsible for an annual budget ...

UNESCO’s verdict on the Torre Pelli: STOP NOW!

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

In a recent newspaper poll, 25% of people wanted construction of the Torre Pelli to be halted (it currently has 15 storeys out of the planned 40, and measures around 60 metres). However a massive 62% preferred that the project continue as planned. This highly controversial building in Seville, designed by ...

How the other half lives

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Salvados interview with Cayetano Martinez de Irujo. The Spanish generally enjoy a good relationship with their aristocracy - they tolerate their picadilloes and foibles, discussing them in animated chat shows, poring over them in the prensa rosa, and treating them like a live telenovella (soap opera) created for their own ...