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    It's always good to have somebody to blame

    While many Spaniards are queuing up in gas stations and flocking to supermarkets to buy food to stockpile due to the nationwide transportation strike, our wise politicians led by our even wiser president have found somebody to blame:
    Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on Saturday blamed the European Central Bank for a recent jump in oil prices and market interest rates, saying its president, Jean Claude Trichet, had to show more prudence. Trichet last week warned that interest rates could be raised next month.

    Not everybody is happy about that, obviously. The Germans, who have apparently not taken the socialist kool-aid, have said:
    Asked about Zapatero's remarks, German government spokesman Thomas Steg said Germany viewed the ECB's independence as sacrosanct.
    "We have no criticism to make of the ECB or of Mr Trichet. If Mr Zapatero sees this differently, he has to explain that," Steg told a regular government news conference in Berlin.

    During hard times, even better than having somebody to blame is to have an allied you can turn to to support to politics at an European level, whatever they are.

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    2008-06-09 17:23 | 21 Comment(s) | Filed in Politics

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    Hi, JJ!

    Do you think that Spain is too much far from others European countries such as Finland or Norway when it comes to HDI, political corruption and so on?

    I think Brazil will never achieve such status.



    De: JJ Fecha: 2008-06-09 20:01

    Well, Norway is far away from any other country in the world. I don't think we'll ever be there. Finland has been the benchmark against many regions in Spain have been measured, but I don't think we've reached them, no way. Corruption has been reined in since Felipe González left office, but it's still rampant at the local level. All in all, while we're closer to, for instance, Italy than we used to be, and there's not such a big difference Belgium, for instance (to name a few countries I've recently visited), Germany , UK and France are really out there, and we're not getting any closer.

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