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    If the EU is serious about freedom of expression it should take aim at Spain’s controversial ‘gag law’

If the EU is serious about freedom of expression it should take aim at Spain’s controversial ‘gag law’

On 1 July, a new law in Spain enters into force which sets limits on the areas where public demonstrations can be held. Stefanie Pukallus writes on the debate surrounding the legislation, which has been dubbed a ‘gag law’ by its critics. She argues that the law has the potential to limit freedom of expression and that the EU’s […]

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    Where do Spain’s political parties stand after the country’s local and regional elections?

Where do Spain’s political parties stand after the country’s local and regional elections?

Spain’s local and regional elections on 24 May were expected to give an indication of where the main parties stand in the leadup to the country’s next general election. Paul Kennedy writes that while Mariano Rajoy’s Popular Party and the centre-left PSOE remain Spain’s two largest parties, the elections confirmed their overall decline alongside the rise of new challengers […]

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    Spain’s local elections underlined the profound changes taking place in the Spanish party system

Spain’s local elections underlined the profound changes taking place in the Spanish party system

Spain held regional and local elections on 24 May. Anwen Elias assesses what the results of the elections mean for Spain ahead of the upcoming general election, and for Catalonia in the lead up to regional elections in September that have been billed by some parties as a de facto vote on independence. She writes that the capacity of […]

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    Spain has reason to be concerned at its latest unemployment figures

Spain has reason to be concerned at its latest unemployment figures

Spain has suffered from a persistent unemployment problem since the financial crisis, with the unemployment rate remaining stubbornly above 20 per cent. Jose G. Montalvo writes on the release of the latest Spanish unemployment figures, which saw the unemployment rate increase in the first quarter of 2015. He notes that while the latest figures have to be put against […]

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    Is Spain heading for a four party system? Assessing the state of play ahead of a series of key Spanish elections

Is Spain heading for a four party system? Assessing the state of play ahead of a series of key Spanish elections

Spain will hold local and regional elections in the coming months, with a general election scheduled for later in the year. Paul Kennedy writes on the state of play in the Spanish party system ahead of the elections, where a surge in support for both the left-wing Podemos, and the centrist Ciudadanos, poses a threat to the country’s two […]

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    Coverage of the Commission President candidates in the Spanish media shows the Spitzenkandidaten process had a wide reach across Europe

Coverage of the Commission President candidates in the Spanish media shows the Spitzenkandidaten process had a wide reach across Europe

The proposal of candidates for President of the European Commission prior to the 2014 European Parliament elections was criticised by the British government on the grounds that it did not fully engage European citizens. Miguel Otero-Iglesias and Kristina Lani assess the coverage of the process in the Spanish media, illustrating that the candidates received just as much attention in […]

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