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When I saw this news, and they started talking about costcutting in the repair of rails being a probable cause....... my first thought was this is what austerity looks like.  AFAIK RENFE is still majority state owned, and has undoubtedly been told to cut costs as part of the general push for austerity.  

This and the ongoing Barcenas mess.... certainly looks like Rajoy could easily be replaced by his deputy Saez Santamaria.  The present looks a lot the scandals that brought down PSOE for a decade in the 1990s.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sat Jul 27th, 2013 at 07:42:21 PM EST
The present looks a lot the scandals that brought down PSOE for a decade in the 1990s.

That is a happy thought! It would be nice if IU got a big bump in seats while PP & PSOE went down in their shares.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jul 28th, 2013 at 12:24:18 AM EST
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It doesn't look like poor maintenance was an issue in this case, but who knows.

Finance is the brain [tumour] of the economy
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jul 28th, 2013 at 04:53:28 AM EST
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That was what I had heard blamed on CNN, but that's been a while back.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Jul 28th, 2013 at 11:39:25 PM EST
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...was my first instinct, but it doesn't look to be the case.

Finance is the brain [tumour] of the economy
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jul 29th, 2013 at 02:32:01 AM EST
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Maybe you want to compose a diary about Rajoy's succession? Here are some sources:

Vozpópuli: The eyes of the PP turn to Santamaría and Gallardón in case Rajoy were forced to resign

Hispanidad: Cospedal warns: Soraya betrays Rajoy

Diario Crítico: Gallardón comes out in defence of Rajoy after Soraya's warning

As you can see, not the most credible of sources (yet). I don't know where Spiegel sourced their story: Rajoy's Successor? The Most Powerful Woman in Spanish Politics but they are the highest-impact media to have talked about this. See also my own diary about Soraya: The brain in Spain's new government (December 24th, 2011).

Finance is the brain [tumour] of the economy

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jul 28th, 2013 at 05:09:23 AM EST
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Want... probably.... have time to....  not so much.  

New job, still trying to finish dissertation, taking care of sick family.  Ugh....

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Jul 28th, 2013 at 11:38:24 PM EST
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I may do it if you don't do it first, but it would be nice to have a different perspective on this...

Finance is the brain [tumour] of the economy
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jul 29th, 2013 at 04:33:02 AM EST
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