How A Spanish City Went Boom, Then Bust

How A Spanish City Went Boom, Then Bust

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rajoyFrom “The Independent”

The ruling People’s Party has denied that the Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts going back almost two decades.

El Pais said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Mr Rajoy of €25,200 a year and regular handouts to a number of other party leaders.

The report is bound to damage further the credibility of Mr Rajoy as he battles a deep recession and one of Europe’s highest unemployment levels.

The People’s Party secretary general, Maria Dolores de Cospedal, denied the allegations and said: “We have absolutely nothing to hide.”

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TELEGRAPH 31st Jan 2013 HERE

THE ENGLISH VERSION OF “EL PAÍS” 1st Feb 2013 HERE

NEW YORK TIMES 1st Feb HERE

NEW YORK TIMES 2nd Feb 2013 HERE

BBC 3rd Feb 2013 HERE

Should it stay or should it go?

Marbella’s arches over the A7. Are they part of the town’s history or just part of the town’s corruption?

The San Pedro arch which used to mark the entrance to Marbella from the south is being dismantled as part of the work to build the underpass for the A-7 through the town. As it comes down the bricks are being located and numbered, in case it is decided to rebuild the structure.

The arch cost some  €720,000  to build some 18 years ago and is one of the symbols of the GIL era. It’s possible removal has opened a debate on whether other excesses from the GIL days should be removed, although the Ayuntamiento, now in the hands of the PP, has made no official comment on the matter.

Local resident, British photographer, Gary Edwards, is one who thinks the arch should stay and has opened a facebook page called ‘Save the Marbella Arch’(CLICK IF YOU’RE INTERESTED). His fight has been picked up by El País and other Spanish media. Edwards says removing the arches would be like removing the letters from Hollywood.

Local taxi drivers have already decided to remove the arch from their logos painted on the doors of their vehicles, replacing it with the town’s blue and white flag. The 312 taxis in the Taxi Sol association, 80% of the total, will be changing their door decoration over the next three months.

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