Spanish Welfare: Austerity & Protest

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Elections amidst Recession


On March 25, all 109 seats in parliament were up for grabs in the autonomous community of Andalusia, the largest and most populated of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities.

The Prime Minister’s Partido Popular (or Popular Party) won a majority of seats in the Andalusia region, the Southern most region of mainland Spain. However, the party did not win an absolute majority as was speculated. While the PP fell 5 seats short of the 55 it needed to win an absolute majority, this is the first election since Spain’s return to democracy that the Socialists have not had a parliamentary majority. Falling short of winning an absolute majority in Andalusia has the ruling party disappointed. The socialists have the opportunity to form a coalition with other leftists to maintain a political stronghold in the region.

Rajoy’s rival and leader of the Socialist Party, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, said Rajoy’s unpopular labor reform legislation is to blame. Amidst economic recession, labor reforms that threaten job stability for employees remain unpopular.

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For history about Spains autonomous communities:

http://geocurrents.info/geopolitics/the-nation-nationalities-and-autonomous-regions-in-spain

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The General Strike

Rajoy’s Ambitious Austerity Plan for 2012

IberoSphereThe conservative Spanish government, lead by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, is taking extensive austerity measures to cut Spain’s deficit. Rajoy recently unveiled his goal of cutting last year’s fiscal deficit from 8.5 per cent of GDP to 5.3 per cent in 2012. The measures include €27bn worth of spending cuts and tax hikes; public worker wages will be frozen, government ministers should see a reduction in pay, large companies could see stricter measures regarding tax loopholes and tobacco could be taxes at higher rates.

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