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Spain, a testing ground

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Greece, Portugal and Ireland have been the first countries to yield to the tight rules of this new Europe that, if François Hollande does not avoid it, moves in the opposite direction than that of its history’s evolution until the end of the Second World War. Those countries, despite their political importance within the context of a European Union that is splitting up, are not the economic size of Spain or Italy. They have therefore been the easiest deadweight to be let go.

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A country moving back to the 19th century

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The labour market reform approved by José Luis Zapatero’s Government has been the strongest attack against labour and social rights in Spain during the last 30 years. In addition, it consists of deficit reduction measures, such as decreasing Public Administration staff wages by 5% and freezing pensions. This means a surprising and deceiving move towards the right-wing, which shows a total submission to economic powers and means going backwards to the 19th century.

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