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El Huffington Post - Spain | 06/03/2013

Chávez benefited from old parties' decline

Hugo Chavez' populism was the result of the major parties being discredited, the left-liberal online paper Huffington Post points out: "During a meeting with journalists in Madrid, the head of government once said on the subject of his great popularity: 'I am not the cause, I am the consequence'. This was not just an empty phrase. On the contrary, perhaps it was the key to understanding the Chávez phenomenon. Certainly there are plenty of reasons for his triumphal political success. But the most important was that the two major traditional parties - the social democratic Acción Democrática and the Christian Democratic Copei - were totally discredited after plundering and humiliating the poorer classes for decades. In the same way many European political experts marvel at the most recent election success of the corrupt Berlusconi and populist Beppe Grillo, without taking the trouble to thoroughly examine the causes behind this new scenario."

Público - Spain | 06/07/2011

Lagarde's contract with IMF immoral

Christine Lagarde took office as managing director of the IMF on Tuesday. Her employment contract stipulates that she should avoid even appearing to have an immoral lifestyle. But the pay rise in comparison to what her predecessor Dominique Strauss-Kahn earned is already immoral, writes the left-leaning daily Público: "Lagarde receives a fixed net salary of 467,940 US dollars per year (324,000 euros), eleven percent more than her predecessor. So there's no sign here of the salary freeze the Fund is demanding of half the world's workers. Moreover she gets 83,760 dollars in expenses she doesn't have to justify and also has the right to deduct expenses for work-related 'pleasures' and she can also deduct her partner's travel costs. ... Both the author of the contract and its beneficiary should be aware that immoral actions are not confined to sex scandals - punishable or not. It's also immoral to want to live like a god while demanding sacrifices from lesser mortals."

Público - Spain | 08/04/2011

Fudging financial policy

Raising the benchmark interest rate by a quarter percentage point works to the advantage of the German economy and the detriment of the Spanish, no matter how much ECB boss Jean Claude Trichet defends the move, writes the leftist daily Público: "In an attack of alleged social sensitiveness he claimed that controlling inflation was 'particularly beneficial for the poor' and 'the most efficient way to boost the creation of jobs'. In reality what Trichet has done serves the interests of Germany, a country that is experiencing a sustained growth phase and whose exporting power could be threatened by rising inflation. However for countries like Spain which are battling to get out of the crisis and whose economies are mainly sustained by the dynamism of domestic consumption, this raise in interest rates is a major setback which according to experts will have a negative impact on unemployment and will increase the pressure of mortgage interest rates on its already burdened citizens. Financial policy should not be dictated by certain powers and wrapped up in scientific dogmas."

Público - Spain | 14/07/2010

Marco Schwartz on football and the maturity of the Spanish nation

After the Spanish team's victory at the World Cup many commentators are calling for Spain, torn by internal strife, to follow the example of harmonious teamwork set by the footballers from the country's different regions. The parallel between sport and politics may be interesting but won't achieve a thing, writes Marco Schwartz in the leftist daily Público: "To try to learn political lessons from the heroic example of the national team is a legitimate exercise, and even understandable given the passion that football inspires, but at the same time it's in vain. The sensible thing about a mature society is that every citizen can express their feelings as they like. People can applaud [national manager] del Bosque's team and wrap themselves up in a flag if they want to. Or if they're not interested in football they can stay at home or go to the cinema. But what should be avoided at all cost is the temptation to turn the expression of people's feelings into a test of their loyalty to a certain political or ideological project. Spain is simply too pluralistic - territorially and individually - no matter how much it hurts the crusaders of uniformity to admit this."

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