CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot explains that even though Spain’s economy has been growing recently, this is mostly due to external factors, without benefitting the majority of the population, making Spain Europe’s most unequal country
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Thousands of Spanish protesters take part in an illegal demo against mass unemployment
Spaniards protested for a seventh consecutive day on Saturday against high employment and austerity measures, ignoring a ban on rallies on the eve of local elections. The Socialist government has moved to loosen Spain’s rigid labour laws, clamp down on tax evasion and slash spending. The country’s unemployment rate of 21.3 percent is the highest in the European Union. Spain’s economy is laden with high levels of private sector debt after a credit-fuelled property boom ended in 2008.
The rage in Spain continues as tens of thousands pack Madrid’s city centre for a sixth day in protest over austerity measures and crippling unemployment. The country votes in local elections on Sunday and demonstrators say they will stay on the streets in defiance of a law which forbids political events on the eve of elections. A spirit of defiance and anger exists on Madrid’s Puerta del Sol as one woman explains