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The beginning of a generation with less expectations

In this current economic uncertainty horizon, expectations for citizens seem increasingly small and the forecast for future generations points to be dark. Years of economic crisis and globalization have left winners and losers. Among the beneficiaries are old acquaintances: the economic elite. For example, Branko Milanovic and Thomas Piketty, both economists, have been responsible for alerting about the injustice effects caused. Even though few have informed with the frankness of billionaire Warren Buffett, who in 2011 wrote in The New York Times: “While the middle and lower classes fight for us in Afghanistan, while Americans fight for a living, we, over wealthy people, continue to have extraordinary tax breaks.” Read more of this post


The number of sick people going to Switzerland to commit suicide has been doubled in four years.

611 foreigners went to Zurich between 2008 and 2012 to end their lives.

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Death penalty: remedy or hypocrisy?

As wrote Luis Javier González the 15th of May of 2014 in the newspaper “El País”, a pregnant woman who had a one year old child was punished with death in Sudan for converting to Christianity.

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Evictions in Spain

The crisis not only leads to unemployment, but also generates eviction. Everything is related between them. If it does not charge a salary every month, you cannot pay the mortgage or rent. Therefore, debts accumulate and you end up on the street basket-case. This is the situation of many Spanish families.

The numbers of evictions in Spain are spine-chilling. “When the bubble burst in 2008, even the most pessimistic had imagined the scene in which Spain is now: recession, more than six million unemployed and a debt in households of more than 820,000 million euros. Five years later, the magnitude of the situation is not even known. While there are no definitive numbers of evictions, the most reliable figures are those of the Registrars Association that speaks of 30,034 in 2012. An evection every 15 minutes” (Mónica Ceberio, Álvaro de Cózar, El País, en la Calle,2013)

Due to the economic crisis, many people have come to the point of suicide for not having enough money to pay the mortgage of the house. “Evicted or unemployed, bankrupt businessman who removed the life, unemployed dumps in a psychiatric consultation…people who want to emigrate because it cannot live here.  The Spanish crisis related emotional problems increase and exacerbate the incidence of mental illness and desperate solutions…” (Blog de Sociología y Actualidad,, El suicidio, primera causa de muerte en España, y sus causantes: desahucios, desempleo y pobreza”).


According to Eures, the network created by the European Commission, while these are no official figures, and many of these cases are covered up as accidents, the case is that there is a daily death, result of economic insecurity. The General Council of the Judiciary announced that in the first quarter of 2013, 19,468 evictions were executed, so 216 per day.

In this dramatic situation, they have been proposed many changes for various platforms in defense of evictions to modify the articles related to the foreciosure process.A platform that has managed to paralyze and relocate numerous evictions is the Platform affected by the mortgage (on the bubble to the right to housing) PAH. The platform was created in 2009,  to help all families that are unable to pay the mortgage or rent. In its officialwebsite:,it named campaigns that have launched and among them, the Stopdesahucios where are announced the number of evictions that were executed during the month.
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New abortion law in Spain: 30 years back in History

Fiona Govan is an English journalist working for The Telegraph and collaborating with many other media in Europe, she has written an article about the new abortion law which is going to be approved by the Popular party in some months and is going to make Spain travel 30 years back in History. As she explains in her article, Spain’s conservative government has agreed to ban women from opting freely for abortions, outraging pro-choice campaigners who say the move will take the country back to the 1980s. Of course she is not the only one alarmed by this phenomenon, hundreds of journalists from every corner in Europe are warning the society about the danger this new law will have for Spanish women.


She believes that this measure has been taken by the government under pressure of the Catholic Church and with the support of some members of the Government who are extremely religious and conservative. She clarifies how the draft bill approved by the cabinet on Friday will ensure that abortion is only allowed in the case of rape, serious fetal deformity or if the pregnancy presents a grave mental or physical health risk to the mother. “This was in our electoral program,” Mr Rajoy told reporters yesterday in Brussels, where he was attending an EU summit. But she also claims that it is known by everyone that PP had promised in its manifesto for the elections in 2011 that they will apply the 2010 law on this issue, which said that abortion without restrictions was permitted until the 14th week of pregnancy.

Many journalists and experts think that the impact of this new legislation will be hard to avoid, given it will make abortion, as it was prior to 1985 in Spain, an offense – even if the PP insists to emphasize that women who abort will not be punished (every expert speaking about this does not agree with this, of course). Doctors, though, carrying out abortions considered illegal face up to three years in prison.



A huge part of Spanish society is roughly against this new law, and they have shown their opposition in the last days with a lot of demonstrations in the streets of the capital, Madrid and in many other cities as Bilbao, Barcelona or Málaga. Three protesters were arrested last Friday when hundreds gathered outside government buildings in Madrid and burnt an effigy of Minister of Justice Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, who as it has already been said, is masterminding this law. All of the principal opposition parties have condemned the proposed new legislation. The Socialist Party’s spokeswoman Elena Valenciano stated: “The law is unnecessary, cynical and unfair because it damages women’s autonomy.” Some claimed the new law, which is likely to pass as the conservative Popular Party have a clear majority in parliament, would lead to “abortion tourism” with women forced to travel abroad for termination or risk their health in illegal clinics. “The changes represent a reversal of our right to decide, which will take us back to another era”, said Feminist Coordinator, an umbrella organization for women’s rights groups, in a statement.


As Rafael J. Alvarez explains in his article, PSOE party is asking for help to the European Union in order to declare nule this law. They are trying to convince European government that this law will create enormous problems for Spanish women.


–          Alasdair Foteringham (December 2013),”New hardline abortion law prompts protest across Spain” Retrieved on December 2013


–          Maria R. Sahuquillo /  Fernando Garea  (May 2013) “Abortion: a trip back in time” Retrieved on December 2013


–          Rafael J. Alvarez (December 2013) “El PSOE inicia hoy una “llamada de socorro europea”  antiley del aborto” Retrieved on December 2013


–          Fiona Govan (December 2013), “ Spain approves new restrictive abortion law” Retrieved on December 2013


Teniendo en cuenta las palabras de Miguel Mora y Carlos E. Cué, ambos columnistas del periódico “El País”, publicado el 12 de noviembre, España bate records en cuanto a paro siendo el más alto de toda la Unión Europea, estos y otros muchos datos sobre el desempleo, y en particular, al juvenil, serán comentamos en este siguiente post. Read more of this post


Unemployment in Spain

Spain is the second country behind Greece, with more unemployment in the EU and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Unemployment is a problem that occurs in all countries but the extent of unemployment in Spain is particularly high. In Spain, we have an unemployment rate of 26.7% (4,811,383 unemployed) while for example in Italy have an unemployment rate of 12.5%, Portugal 15.7%, France 10.9% and in Germany only 5.2%.


Unemployment in Spain began in 2008 with 2,129,547 unemployed and ended with 3,128,963, representing an annual increase of 999,416 people. This year was particularly hard mainly due to the economic crisis that struck the country and caused practically a million people lost their jobs. The worst month of the year was in October with + 192,658 unemployed.

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From 2008 to 2013, unemployment has risen from approximately 3,128,963 to 4,811,383, ie 1,682,420 unemployed. A chilling fact that cause worries to all Spanish and every time gets worse.

Pío Moa Banga, cites several consequences of unemployment that qualifies as harmful to both, the unemployed and the population.

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  1. The most evident consequence of unemployment is declining incomes of the families affected. A situation of financial difficulty that often goes with it a deterioration of family life and self-esteem of the individual.(Pío Moa Banga, Reflexiones de un ochental)
  2. Criminality. Some people, especially young people in marginal environments, can be pushed to look outside the law, the revenues accruing to them that they can not find employment in the labor market. We talked about activities such as drug trafficking, prostitution, crime …(Pío Moa Banga, Reflexiones de un ochental)
  3. Lack of motivation in education.Many college-age youth are wary that their studies are to serve them for something tomorrow. In fact, it is known that a good portion of university graduates end up working in jobs lower than their educational qualifications, or even tasks that have nothing to do with what they studied.(Pío Moa Banga, Reflexiones de un ochental)
  4. Delay in the age of youth emancipation. The lack of work is for young people the impossibility of leave home, thus delaying their future life plans as they can be independent, get married and start a family.(Pío Moa Banga, Reflexiones de un ochental)

In Spain, with youth unemployment over 50%, it is not surprising that 2 of every 3 young people have to emigrate. Our young people are forced to build a future away.(Contraeconomy, Dos de cada tres jóvenes españoles emigra)

According to the “Report on the State of the Spanish Labor Market” by the job portal InfoJobs, “two out of three Spanish youths seeking employment abroad and one in two is willing to work outside Europe.” He adds that 65% try to find job opportunities mainly in the UK, Ireland and Germany.

A forced migration extremely counterproductive for the country. Spain is experiencing a “brain drain” and they are leaving many well-qualified people.(Contraeconomy, Dos de cada tres jóvenes españoles emigra)



Economic crisis in Spain

The Economic Crisis began in Spain in 2007 and six years later, the situation is still deplorable. Although the latest news are good regarding to 2 years ago, unemployment is one of the variables of greatest concern continues to increased about 26%. The expectations for next year are right optimistic. The Prime Minister claimed that the Spanish economy will grow and therefore, we will soon put an end to this horrible phase and celebrate a new life full of illusion and motivation. Many people no longer believes in anything … We’ll see in two years if what they said was true.

The economic policy makers did not have capacity to deal with the situation becoming increasingly optimists as is reflected in the statements of Zapatero September 2007 and January 2008: ” Spain has entered the Champions League in the world economy” , ” Spain is able to achieve full employment.”The party was in power did not want unclog the bubble that had developed either by naivete or by their own interest and it was very difficult to slow.

The political posts were optimistic without thinking whether it could prevent the housing bubble. There was a demand so great that people kept buying as an investment, which then turned out a failure since it came to a time when everything fell and it demonstrated the overvalued that it had acquired the property.

First, the monetary policy followed by the European Central Bank, since 2001, which kept the reference interest rate at very low levels for the cyclical (PANOECONOMICUS,2011,3,PP.309-328, Francisco Carballo-Cruz), since the other European countries they had a sustainable development to not convenient for have high in interest rates.

The Bank of Spain cautioned that figures were unsustainable and knew that the growth would fall, but the politicians chose to ignore because that supposed to make a change in the economic structure and slow down the growth.(PANOECONOMICUS,2011,3,PP.309-328, Francisco Carballo-Cruz).

Banks were unable to support the economy and gave the increase of the bubble, which could have been avoided:

  1. Improving information on housing prices
  2. Reducing the tax relief housing on income tax: in Spain, having to pay for housing deducts the income statement, which incentives to buying. Therefore if tax relief is reduced, the excessive buying housing is braked.
  3. Increase the pressure inspector on businesses and real-estate agreements.

During Zapatero’s government they took place some economic policy measures in order to revive the economy. It created the Plan E which was considered to give economic support to businesses and families, encourage employment and modernize the economy but this plan financed by public funds came at the hands of public administrations city councils, those who decided about some public works to invest money.


Tourism continues to be the most valued economic variable and the only sector that relies certain stability now and the end of the year. Tourism is a very good source of income since we are a tourist country. One of the advantages which have some countries in Europe are that nowadays despite of not be having the best time, there is business confidence, this is one of the things that we need in order for the tourism sector move on .This means that although they are not earning much money, they are confident that our company has a future.This situation is what makes them consume in the tourism sector.


Respondents ensured that the beginning of the recovery from the crisis will be late 2014 or even after 2015. If this were true, it would be seven years of crisis.

The worst sectors in production and billing: are construction and contracts. However, the indicator with worst performing has, is investment. From the business point of view nobody runs the risk to buy machinery because the bank will not finance and you do not trust that you can get the money you have invested in the machinery. A few years ago, people could buy a house as an investment, nowadays nobody runs the risk since there is sufficient demand for rental.