Spain: Looking at the Future, Not the Past

Before his visit to Washington, Felipe González speaks his mind

If a conservative tide is running in some parts of Europe, Spain certainly is bucking it. For the first time since the Civil War, Socialists are in power, having trounced a collapsing center and a regrouping right in national elections in October. Last month their popularity was confirmed in municipal elections, to the delight of Prime Minister Felipe González, who likes to say that "Spain is calm, calmer than at any time since the death of General Franco." The political honeymoon still lasts,...

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