Spain in the Early 21st Century Part 2

Spain in the Early 21st Century 2

Equally controversial was the attitude of the Zapatero government towards Catalonia’s demands for greater autonomy. The premier, in fact, allowed the presentation to the Congress of the new Statute of Catalonia (previously approved by the local Parliament), which recognized that Autonomous Community wider fiscal and juridical powers, and also sanctioned its right to define itself as “a nation”. A decision strongly contested by the PP and by a part of…

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Spain in the Early 21st Century

Spain in the Early 21st Century

In the early 21st century was consumed in the Spain rise and decline of the hegemony of political Partido Popular (PP), came to power in 1996. A singular parable, the latter characterized by a progressive growth until 2002, with a brief lull, and then a sudden fall on the eve of the general elections of 2004, which marked the return to the government of the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE). In this period the…

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Spain Attractions

Altamira caves and Santillana del Mar, Spain

Palacio Real A visit to the Palacio Real, which means “Royal Palace” in German, is worthwhile, because the city palace of the Spanish capital Madrid and the official residence of the Spanish monarchs knows how to impress. Story: Until the 18th century, a Moorish castle called the Alcazar stood on the site of the Palacio Real. This was used by the Spanish rulers, but completely destroyed by fire, which made…

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