The Spanish economy: On being propped up

Posted: May 24, 2013 in economy
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The Spanish economy


Spain’s pain is likely to continue, despite some promising reforms, unless new sources of growth emerge



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THE gloom in Spain is almost palpable. Yet two years on from the protests begun in Madrid by young Spaniards known as los indignados, most accept their lot with resignation. The government of Mariano Rajoy is unpopular, but so is the opposition. And whereas many other stricken euro-zone countries blame the Germans for their woes, Spaniards recognise that they are paying for their own excesses, especially the burst property bubble.
The numbers are grim. The economy is in deep recession. In the first three months of the year GDP shrank for a seventh quarter in a row. The public finances remain stretched, with the budget deficit at 7% of GDP. Bond yields have fallen, but the credit …

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