Spain: Closer to Europe

That arid square, that fragment nipped off from hot Africa, soldered so crudely to inventive Europe.

Thus Poet W. H. Auden once darkly described Spain, but today the "arid square" of more than 30 million people is growing ever closer to the rest of Europe. Franco long ago took economic power away from the old Falangists who helped him win the civil war. Now El Caudillo, who fancies himself an economist and contributes occasional articles to Madrid newspapers under the pen name "Hispanicus," is steadily giving more authority to a corps of knowledgeable and enthusiastic technicians. The young economists have...

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