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His approach was entirely destructive without offering an alternative project.

A lot of the phrases could be used to describe the Spanish right wing, PP and it really creates a public chronic-fatigue here, hopefully turning against them.  It would be a huge national embarrassment if much of it transcended borders.

One of their regular ploys, besides the abuse of media, is to appeal laws passed by Parliament in the Constitutional Court.  (Gay marriage, shorter divorce process...)  The law goes into effect, however, there is always that hanging case of inconstitutionality.

The supreme court was previously stacked in their favor, 5-4 IIRC, so there are constant battles with the government to recuse judges on major issues and to increase the number to 11.

Their behavior is shameful, maybe to force themselves onto the news twice a day, lest they be forgotten.

Great update, as always!

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Tue Nov 20th, 2007 at 02:53:02 PM EST
Thanks! The Spanish and Italian right wings are very close together (always have been- especially under Franco). At least within the right there's a lot of cross border note comparing.

Luckily Spain has a more stable parliamentary system. It is being discussed in Italy as a possible alternative along with the German system. The reform of our electoral system is extremely urgent. Whatever hybrid will be chosen it will always be better than the present porcellum.

Atleast Zapatero can do leftist things.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Tue Nov 20th, 2007 at 04:09:45 PM EST
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Personally, I prefer the German system though it is rather more complex than the Spanish one.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Nov 26th, 2007 at 07:48:25 PM EST
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