MADRID | By Carlos Díaz Guell | The Spanish government has already made clear to the regional authorities that the old savings bank model must die for its sins.
VALENCIA | María Costa at Valencia Plaza | Publicity has been hit by the crisis, but at least online advertising is expected to perform better than the others. Economist and communication expert Jesús Vallejo, is the head of Valencia advertising agency Havas Media Levante. They have bet on the digital sector, although the first quarter of 2013 it went 5% down compared to the same period of 2012. Mr Vallejo explains why the Internet can bring some hope to advertising in Spain.
MADRID | The 6.2 million of unemployed is brutal, anomalous, and lacks explanatory references among countries with quite similar structures.
MADRID | Capital Madrid | The Spanish savings banks or cajas, unlisted entities often linked to the country’s regions, have come under intense scrutiny since the beginning of the crisis, as some became associated with the worst excesses of the banking sector. But they have already started a restructuring process: by 2015 they will be 35% smaller.
What is threatening the Spanish pension system, Francisco Martín Seco says, is not a longer life expectancy or the population pyramid but policies that drive the entire economy into a permanent recession, like reforms to make the tax system more regressive.
There is a mirroring effect in all these conflicts: Europeans appear unable to talk about the actual issues that trouble them, that is, debt and democracy.
BARCELONA | The Catalan clothing company Mango posted a €1.69 billion turnover for last year and plans expansion in Europe and Latin America.
LONDON | Fitch expects that the sector’s restructuring efforts fuel the higher level of consolidation seen since the reforms started last year.
MADRID | Spain has proven that it can make economic adjustments and it is competitive, laying the groundwork for foreign direct investment (FDI) confidence to remain upbeat on the country’s economic prospects.
By Javier Niederleytners, professor at the Institute for Stock Exchange Studies IEB | Market pressure right now has relaxed over the country’s public debt and it seems to be a good moment to sell part of their bond holdings to cancel ECB loans.