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Sotelo, Ignacio

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El País - Spain | 04/04/2008

The underside of Spain

Sociologist Ignacio Sotelo considers one of the more detrimental consequences of the opening of the Spanish economy: the arrival of a massive amount of dirty money. "A professor at Leeds University, Jennifer Sands, analysed the social and political factors that facilitated the installation and development of mafias in Spain. She asserts that it is easier to launder money in Spain than any other developed country. ... The mafia's money, linked to narco-trafficking, has been a considerable factor in the economic growth we are now enjoying so much. But it's a taboo. Political leaders, and society in general, have agreed to not talk about it. I don't know if this is the underside of Spain, but we should fear for the worst if we don't combat this problem with a renewed strategy while there is still time."

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