William Chislett | The Spanish Constitution turns forty today. The country now is another planet. The next 40 years, however, will be very different. The challenges ahead will test the cohesive society that has been created up to the present day. This article finishes a series that have been published in last weeks by The Corner to celebrate the milestone anniversary.
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.
Mapping out a horizon for Spain, and recovering a common project for the country, is just what the Círculo de Empresarios (Businessmen’s Association) is trying to do with its latest working documents. The Circulo has 225 members and celebrates its 40 anniversary this year.