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  • Spain : corruption charges put governement on defensive

    Spains crisis has many faces and they are connected : There is a hangover from a burst housing bubble, there is a banking crisis due to foul (housing) credits and debt, there is a credit crunch as a result that kills businesses also outside the construction industry and hikes up unemployment, there is a crisis of private debt as well ( since people who loose their jobs will not service their debt anymore which again adds to the banking crisis as well), and then there is an extensive network of corruption among the countrys political elite that is increasingly coming to light, since in critical times Spanish are much less tolerant of the sweet life of the upper few that at the same time call on people to tighten their belts. One scandal that is already under investigation involves the spanish kings son in law, Inaki Urdangarin, who is accused of transferring millions in donation money from social charities to his private accounts, another has now reached the governement. The ruling conservative PP partys former treasurer has admitted to have handed undeclared money from swiss bank accounts held by his party in envelopes to MPs and officials on a monthly base. Neither the reasons or the full amount of this secret pay, nor the source of the swiss funds are clear, and the governement has passed an amnesty law just in time for its cronies. And then there is another scandal known as the "Grtel" affair, again politicians from the ruling party enjoying lucrative donations from business in return for favourable legislation ( for example in return for more and more construction permits, regardless of common sense and sustainability). And the list is far from finished. Around 200 former federal and regional governement members face trials for corruption these days, and these are only the officially confirmed numbers. The cases bring the governement (that has denied knowledge of anything obviously) heavily on the defensive, not just among EU partners ( that are not likely to treat spanish PM Rajoys requests for more monetary "assistance" more favourably as a result), but also towards its own people. 95 % percent of polled spanish voters say to have lost ALL trust in politicians and their seriousness to put the common good ahead of their own pockets. Since noone expects the opposition parties to be "cleaner" :

    Corruption Charges Have Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy on the Defensive - SPIEGEL ONLINE
    Last edited by Voland; 01-31-2013, 02:25 AM.

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    Re: Spain : corruption charges put governement on defensive

    An update already : The spanish Newspaper El Pais claims to have evidence that also the incumbent Prime Minister Rajoy is directly and personally involved in corruption. He appears to have recieved at least 250 000 Euros from his illegal swiss party funds -- and worse : failed to declare the money anywhere. Which, if true, would unveil all his past denials of knowledge and responsibility as undisputable lies. And many sources are warning of a political storm that is building up now in Spain, at a time when the country can hardly afford it .....

    Las cuentas secretas de Brcenas | Poltica | EL PAS ( Link is in spanish, but certainly appears in English soon)

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      Re: Spain : corruption charges put governement on defensive

      The scandal rocks Spain and draws wider circles. Apparently not only the spanish PM Rajoy himself, but also most of his partys leadership, including governement ministers are alleged to have recieved non-declared payments, the source of which appear to have been the construction and the finance industry ( that paid in the mysterious swiss bank accounts), the same economic branches that rode the country into the abyss. Which could also explain why neither main party was steering the economy away from the housing bubble as long as there was still time. And why the main socialist opposition partys criticism is relatively modest so far ( since they might know best who else is sitting in the boat). Meanwhile hundreds of thousands of people have signed a petition for the governement to resign immediately and their number keeps growing. Which doesnt look promising for a fast spanish recovery :

      EL PAS in English

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