Spain On Course To Elect Conservative As PM...

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    I thought this was pretty interesting. Europe seems to be moving away from the Socialist Nanny State while we continue to move towards it.


    Spain on course to elect a conservative as PM. Mariano Rajoy of People's Party is expected to unseat Socialists and make Spain the third Euro country to change leader...


    Spain's veteran conservative leader, who appears to be on course to be elected as prime minister at his third attempt on Sunday, has expressed hope that financial markets will relax their pressure on Madrid.

    Mariano Rajoy, leader of the People's party (PP), spoke out as the interest on Spanish debt remained above 6% for a fifth day running, ahead of an election being carefully followed across Europe.

    "We hope this [pressure] stops and that people realise there's an election here and that the party that wins has the right to a minimum margin," the PP leader told Onda Cero radio in remarks reported by the Associated Press.

    Elena Salgado, the Spanish finance minister, said investors were wrong to target Spain because its overall debt-to-GDP ratio of around 70% was manageable. "We are seeing systematic attacks on our sovereign debt," Salgado told Cadena Ser radio. "Today it is Spain, yesterday it was Italy, the day before that it could have been Belgium, and tomorrow it could be any other country."

    Rajoy, who first challenged for the premiership in 2004, is expected to unseat the Socialists on Sunday amid widespread unhappiness with José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, who has announced he will stand down after the vote.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/18/spain-to-elect-conservative-pm
     
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    21% Unemployment? Wow.
     
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    You do understand that ‘conservative’ in Europe is not the same as ‘conservative’ in the United States, yes?
     
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    Spain will elect a conservative government for the same reason why it elected a socialist government four years ago - voters usually kick the party in power during hard times no matter what the party.
     
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    Citizens gettng sick of the Socialists? Sound familiar? Hmm?
     
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    The People's Party is the largest party represented in the Senate.
    The PP was also the governing party from 1996 to 2004.

    [quoteThe PP was the governing party from 1996 to 2004, led by Prime Minister José María Aznar. The PP won the general elections for the first time in 1996, and José María Aznar became Prime Minister with the support of the Basque Nationalist Party, the Catalan Convergence and Union and the Canarian Coalition. In the 2000 elections, the PP gained an absolute majority.][/quote]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People's_Party_(Spain)
     
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    They are also not like American Conservatives. ;)
     
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    You should read up on European politics. ;)
     
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    that doesn't sound good for the obiedoodle does it?
     
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    Nope. It does not.
     
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