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Abián, Alfredo


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La Vanguardia - Spain | 10/05/2012

Panic spreading after Bankia nationalisation

The Spanish state is taking over control of the crisis-stricken major bank Bankia, the government announced on Wednesday. The liberal daily La Vanguardia fears that the Spanish will rush to withdraw their money from the bank: "Things must be very bad when the leader of the Spanish opposition, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, publicly states that he has his own savings in Bankia and he doesn't plan to withdraw a single euro because he has blind faith in the future of the insolvent bank. The socialist politician announced a few months ago that his assets amounted to almost a million euros. The fear of mass withdrawals of savings is spreading in our society like yet another phantom of the crisis. No one dares to talk openly about it, but everyone feels the panic. This is exactly how the Great Depression of 1929 began."

La Vanguardia - Spain | 07/06/2010

Withdrawal of Spanish smokers

On 1 January 2011 tougher anti-smoking legislation banning smoking areas in bars and restaurants will take effect in Spain. Smokers will be forced to retire to the privacy of their own homes, writes the liberal daily La Vanguardia: "But now we must leave our health in the hands of the new world order. No one knows why the system is worried about our lungs or why it wants to raise the retirement age to the point where we're blowing out 100 birthday candles and our seventy-year-old kids are still living at home because of youth unemployment. The addicts will be left with only one option: To welcome in 2011 in their own living rooms lovingly puffing away at an 18 cm Churchill and watching 'Good Night and Good Luck' for the umpteenth time. 93 minutes of black-and-white art in which a group of journalists battle against Senator McCarthy and his committee against anti-American activities while they smoke several harvests of Philip Morris."

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