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Ghosts at the Feast

Feb 28th 2015 | MADRID | From the print edition

GREAT political debates in Spain can generate a powerful sense of occasion as legislators flock to a parliament building which is guarded by two large bronze lions as well as lots of police.

But when deputies gathered for a solemn state-of-the-nation deliberation on February 24th, two of the four most important parties were missing. Chief among them was Podemos (We Can), the upstart left-wing group that leads some polls and has drawn comparisons, albeit imperfect ones, with the Syriza movement that has upended Greek politics.

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Spain's Press

A shrinking order

Sacked editors are a sign more of financial than political pressures
Mar 8th 2014 | From the print edition

JOURNALISTS are supposed to check their facts, but when editors are sacked rumours will do. Some see dark political forces behind the ousting of editors at Spain’s three big dailies, El País, El Mundo and La Vanguardia. But the upheaval also reflects a deeper business crisis.

Until last month, Pedro Ramírez had edited El Mundo from its birth 25 years ago. Famed for investigations, sharp-tongued columnists and conspiracy theories, it ruffled many feathers. Mr Ramírez blames Mariano Rajoy’s ruling Popular Party (PP) for his sacking. The new editor, Casimiro García-Abadillo, points to poor sales, which have halved in five years, and says Mr Ramírez alienated readers loyal to Mr Rajoy who found a feud over PP corruption too personal.

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