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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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Spain’s Socialists

Popular and inexperienced

Will Susana Díaz lead the Spanish Socialists?
Dec 7th 2013 | GRANADA | From the print edition

WITH Susana Díaz beaming radiantly from the conference stage after winning control of the Spanish Socialists’ mighty Andalusian branch in Granada last month, fans hailed a generational and gender revolution in the party. Her victory confirmed that the energetic 39-year-old, who also runs the region’s government, is now Spain’s most powerful Socialist. That is a big role in a country where the ruling Popular Party (PP) of Mariano Rajoy and the Socialists tend to alternate in power. But is not so clear that she will lead the party into the next election.

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Cleaners on strike in Spain’s capital
Nov 16th 2013 | MADRID |From the print edition

THE paint is fresh at Creme Delacreme, a chic new restaurant on the fringes of Madrid’s bustling Chueca district. But a rancid, shoulder-high pile of rubbish blocks the pavement across the narrow street as the Spanish capital buckles under the weight of a cleaners’ strike that started on November 4th. Monica García, the boss, had originally planned to open days after the strike began, but is glad she did not. “Imagine having people sitting at the window tables, looking out at that filth,” she says. But when, she worries, will Madrid be clean again?

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Trouble in workers’ paradise

The collapse of Spain’s Fagor tests the world’s largest group of co-operatives
Nov 9th 2013 | MADRID |From the print edition

NEWS that Spain’s largest appliance-maker is heading for bankruptcy will not come as a complete shock in the crisis-ridden country. Yet Fagor is a special case. It is part of Mondragon, the world’s biggest group of worker-owned co-operatives. Nestled in the green hillsides of the town of the same name, in the Basque country, Mondragon has won many awards and much praise as a shining alternative to shareholder capitalism and a bastion of workplace democracy during its six decades of history.

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Spain’s fiscal woes

State of denial

When a bail-out for Spain arrives, it is likely to be prolonged
Oct 27th 2012 |From the print edition

THE calm that has followed Mario Draghi’s vow in July to do whatever it takes to save the euro is deceptive. The head of the European Central Bank (ECB) pledged to make potentially unlimited purchases of short-term government bonds of euro-zone countries that ask for (and receive) help from international lenders. But his pledge is yet to be tested. When it is, the supplicant will probably be Spain, the fourth-largest euro-area economy.

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