Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Spaniards Go To The Polls On Sunday

New York Times: Venezuela Casts a Long Shadow on Elections in Spain

MADRID — Europe is facing a migration crisis, the threat of Islamic terrorism and the prospect that Britain will exit the European Union. But the big foreign policy issue before Spain’s national elections next Sunday? Venezuela, of course.

Candidates have visited Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, to grandstand. Spain’s governing conservative party has met in Madrid with opponents of Venezuela’s leftist government. There have been charges of a virtual Venezuelan infiltration of Spain’s politics.

The shadow cast by Venezuela has been so long that its president, Nicolás Maduro, recently invited Spain’s politicians to hold their election debate in Caracas “so that I can also participate, and perhaps I will win the elections in Spain.”

It may seem a little odd, given the host of problems facing Spain. But the reason is simple. After six months of political deadlock and inconclusive elections in December, the only sign of change before Spain’s election redo is the growing strength of Podemos, the far-left party whose leaders once served as advisers to the former government of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela.

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WNU Editor: Like Italy and Greece ... I have always found Spain's willingness to vote for politicians and political parties who love to spend the public purse and run-up debts continuously as either a cultural thing .... or an example of my rule that if you make a mistake you are a philosopher, but if you do it again you are an idiot. But I do understand why Spanish voters are frustrated. After the financial/debt collapse of 2008 that destroyed the economy and the government's finances and now 8 years of austerity .... this is driving people to embrace parties like Podemos. But if they think Podemos is their salvation for a better utopia .... they are going to be shocked. My prediction .... linking far left politicians to the mess in Venezuela is not a winning position for the People's Party .... I see political gridlock continuing in Spain.

1 comment:

Young Communist said...

WNU Editor, you have not understand the willingness of peoples like Italians.
Germany, France, Scandinavia each spend more than us on GDP in public spending and welfare state.

In the last 25 years we have lost 10% of GDP previously for salaries now on financial speculation. 200 BILLIONS circa that are not more for the family spending of common people. Also the state lost 150 billions circa per year on tax evasion. And others waste/theft of money. In the end we have a less efficient welfare and a minor public spending.

Greeks and latin peoples believe too much in promises of leaders, if they say: "Its all Ok!" "Next year things go better" all continue on the same, waiting for better.
But when the sign is reached anger explode and a "savior" is searched in order to respond to expectations of people.

But at the origins were the lies and theft of public money often made by private tied with corrupted politicians.
Who runs economy in E.U. or the world is not persons or institutions who want a socialist country to live in peace.