Spain, Franco and Catalonia

This video says about itself:

The Spanish Government Still Loves its Fascist Dictator

24 November 2017

Ever wondered why Catalonia is seeking independence from Spain? Here’s one reason.

9 thoughts on “Spain, Franco and Catalonia

  1. A new report by the European Commission warns that while Spain’s economy is improving it is among the worst performers in the union for income inequality, and young people are in a precarious position.

    Spain, along with Greece, Bulgaria and Lithuania faces a ‘critical situation in terms of income inequality’ according to the draft 2018 Joint Employment Report by the European Commission, which uses data from 2016 and early 2017.

    The richest 20% of households in the country received an income share 6.5% times that of the poorest 20%, compared to an average of 5.1 times across the EU, and almost twice as high as the values for the best performers. And though in general the economic situation across the union continues to improve, there are ‘very substantial differences’ between member states.

    Unemployment ranges from 3.1% in the Czech Republic to 17.3% in Spain and 21.6% in Greece.
    Youth unemployment in particular is a problem for Spain, sitting at 40% compared to an EU average of 18.7%, while more than 70% of young workers in the country are working under a temporary contract (compared to only 13.1% for workers aged 25-49).

    The delicate situation for Spain’s youth is also reflected in its early school leaving rate, which is close to 20%, meaning it is flagged as a ‘critical situation’. The EU average is 10.7%, and the target set for member states is 10%. The European Commission did however praise a Spanish digital skills training programme of training designed for the digital industry and new business models as an example of ‘good practice’ when it comes to investing in re-skilling young people in order to make them ‘more employable’.

    But the share of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the Iberian nation is significantly higher than the EU average, and 22% of the population is at risk of monetary poverty, compared to countries like Denmark and Finland where it is below 12%.

    Spain’s 17.3% unemployment rate is ultimately one of the worst, and with a long-term unemployment rate of 9.5% ‘the long term unemployment challenge still appears to be pressing in Spain’, the report concluded.


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