The view from Spain

Changing of the guard?

April 29, 2013
By Phil Ball
What a week this was. The unemployment figures went over the six million mark last Thursday, for the first time in Spain's history. That represents 26% of the active population, and normally, football would offer itself up as the opium of the people - a role that the game successfully played during Franco's 40-year regime. It seemed to help in keeping revolution at bay. Which is a roundabout way of saying that Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, born in Galicia but a Real Madrid supporter, ...

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