After forty years of liberal democracy, Spain has not laid the ghosts its past to rest

Mediterranean Europe must accept the reality of its history rather than trying to rewrite it.

Today Spain commemorates the 40th anniversary of the democratic constitution introduced following General Franco’s death. Having spent the past week in Madrid, the feeling I got by talking to Spanish family and friends was that of a certain ambivalence hanging over the commemoration, as if no one quite knows how – or even what – to celebrate.

Back in the referendum of 1978, the Spaniards voted decisively for a new liberal democratic constitution that put a formal end to the...
source: New Statesman

2018-12-06 13:30
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