SPAIN: Finally a Real Campaign

It was a spectacle the likes of which most Spaniards had never seen. Only hours after the official opening of the country's first election campaign in 41 years, half a million political posters bloomed along the narrow streets and broad thoroughfares of Madrid. For the first time ever, politicians of all stripes, including the long-outlawed Communists, made campaign appearances last week over the air waves of the state-run television network, which had been created as an instrument of the Franco dictatorship. Across the country, nearly 6,000 candidates, vying for 557 parliamentary seats in the June 15...

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