William Chislett | By the time General Franco died in 1975 Spain had undergone profound economic and social change, which laid the foundations for an even greater transformation over the next 40 years, but it was a long haul. The new constitution, drawn up by all the main political parties and approved in a referendum on 6 December 1978 by 88% of voters on a turnout of 67%, sealed the transition to democracy.
On next December 6, the Spanish Constitution and therefore Spain’s democracy turns 40 years old after another 40 years of dictatorship. Until that day, The Corner is going to publish a series of articles written by William Chislett, associate analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute about, precisely, how much and and how deep the country has changed in these last 4 decades. Today’s story is just the beginning.