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Incorrigible Spain

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Spain held a second national election on Sunday, just six months after a December result that returned a fragmented and ungovernable Parliament. The current result has been a clear victory for the ruling Partido Popular and a vindication of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who had been under increasing fire from right and left for his […]

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Spanish “Witch Hunt” Against Catalans Revealed

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Warning: In compliance with Spanish Intellectual Property law, Common Sense no longer quotes nor reproduces links to sites based in Spain. Verification of the veracity of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. 22 June 2016 Spanish online periodical Público.es revealed yesterday that it had access to recorded conversations between the Spanish Interior […]

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 Deloitte About to Pay for its Spanish Sins? by Don Quijones

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Original article by Don Quijones, Spain & Mexico, editor at WOLF STREET. The views expressed are exclusively those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by Common Sense.   Spain’s two biggest bankruptcies ever, Bankia (2011-2012) and Abengoa (2015-?), share one thing in common: their auditor. In both cases, the New York-based big-four firm […]

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“White Elephant Inc: This is What I Love about Spain” by Don Quijones

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  Original article by Don Quijones, Spain & Mexico, editor at WOLF STREET. The views expressed are exclusively those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by Common Sense.   No risks, all rewards – the perfect business model! December 22 was Christmas Lottery day in Spain. The so-called El Gordo (the fat one) is a […]

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How the European Union Really Works by Der Spiegel

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Originally “How the Benelux Blocked Anti-Tax Haven Laws” by Markus Becker, Peter Müller and Christoph Pauly. The article is reprinted with permission of the author. The views expressed are exclusively those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by Common Sense.   Internal European Union documents seen by SPIEGEL clearly show how Luxembourg’s government, under […]

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Abengoa Rattles the Spanish Economy

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On Wednesday, energy giant Abengoa was a solvent – if struggling – flagship multinational representing Spain Inc. On Thursday, the company filed for protection from creditors and sent its bond and equity shares into the Pit of Despair. The shockwave propagated across the energy and financial sectors, turning the IBEX35 into an abattoir as investors […]

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The Anatomy of Anti-Corruption by Reva Bhalla

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The Anatomy of Anti-Corruption is republished with permission of Stratfor. The views expressed are exclusively those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by Common Sense.   The tradition of abusing political power for personal gain goes back to antiquity, as does the debate over whether corruption is a necessary cultural vice in a country’s […]

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End FIFA Now

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On Wednesday morning 27 May, Swiss authorities arrested 10 senior FIFA officials gathered in Zürich for the international body’s annual meeting. The Swiss were serving extradition requests for the US Department of Justice, which has been investigating the football association’s activities for years. All of the 10 officials arrested were senior lieutenants of FIFA President […]

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Three Amendments

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The United States was explicitly founded as a secular state. The Founders were transplanted Englishmen whose direct ancestors had fled Britain during a century and a half of religious persecution. They were steeped in the tradition of the bitter English Civil War, which was as much a war of religion as it was a war to […]

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How to Topple the American Oligarchy (Part One)

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My fervent hope is that 2015 be the year that the American people begin to reclaim their country. For the past 35 years, we have been subjected to the most brutal kind of class warfare: and we have lost. We have lost control of our economy, we have lost control of our government, we have […]

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John Adams

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