Spaniards are angry. Their anger was evident in the European election results in which voters embraced new political parties and gave a slap in the face to the two established ones. The ensuing revolt inside the socialist party (PSOE) over the selection process for its next leader was quickly eclipsed by the antimonarchy protests in reaction to the king's abdication announcement. The economic crisis and continuing corruption play on in the background, making it easy to see why Spanish citizens are getting whiplash from directing and redirecting their outrage. (read article)
Como he twitteado, la derrota de Eric Cantor el martes 11 de Junio fue muy sorprendente y es muy importante. Hablé con La Razón sobre que significa.
Fue un placer colaborar con La Plaza en Llamas el 29 de Mayo sobre las elecciones europeas y la renovación del PSOE. Mi compañeros de la mesa eran Germán Cano (@fdeflaqueza) y el politólogoGonzalo Caro (@GCaro31) que fue moderado por Patricia Horrillo (@PatriHorrillo) y David Páramo (@ddparamo) se ha encargado de las redes sociales.
It might surprise you that 36% of Spain's members of Parliament are women, placing it 20th in the world by the Inter- parliamentary Union1 while American women make up just 18.5% of the U.S. Congress for a dismal ranking of 79th.
Yes, Spain, the country where the term “machismo” comes from (which has long been adopted into the English lexicon). But if that last figure didn't surprise you, this one just might do the trick: in 1977, the first elected Parliament of Spain after 36 years of dictatorship had slightly more women (5.8%) than the U.S. Congress at the time (3.74%) and from there it has comfortably outpaced women in the U.S. for the past 39 years. (read article)
¿Cómo se deja a los candidatos sacar las temas que quieran? Los ciudadanos españoles merecen debates decentes que reflejen las inquietudes de la sociedad, en vez de proteger a los partidos y a sus políticos, que tienen miedo de los riesgos inherentes del proceso democrático.
Some elections sexier than others. The entire 2008 U.S. campaign -- from primaries to the general election -- left us breathless. On the other hand, Bush vs. Gore in 2000, and Spain's Rajoy vs. Rubalcaba in 2011 could have been marketed as insomnia remedies. However, presidential campaigns, where two candidates battle it out to become the leader of the country (or in the case of the U.S., the leader of the free world) are generally a lot more interesting than congressional or parliamentary elections with no presidency at stake. Voter turnout figures back this up. (read article)
I took some time out last week to talk to Liam Aldous with the Urbanist on Monocle24 about the "Eurovegas" that never got built outside Madrid, Spain. Casino tycoon and Republican activist Sheldon Adelson was behind this project but ended up walking away from it when he couldn't get all the government concessions he demended. It's an interesting story and begins around minute 16:00.
Moderé un debate entre los candidatos del PP, PSOE, UPyD y PODEMOS el pasado 6 de mayo en la Universidad Europea de Madrid.
Los integrantes del debate:
- PP: Borja Fanjul Fernández-Pita (@BorjaFanjul) (#51)
- PSOE: Borja Cabezón (@BorjaCabezon) (#16)
- UPyD: Ignacio Fernández (@NachoFnandez) (#8)
- Podemos: José Sánchez-Sanz (@JoseSanchezSanz) (#17)