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Spain 2016: A European Democracy Falling Apart?

Spain 2016: A European Democracy Falling Apart?
1 Devonshire Place, Room 108N, Munk School of Global Affairs
Time: Nov 15th, 4:00 pm End: Nov 15th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Spanish & Portuguese (FAS), 2000-
Panel Discussion

The Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies presents

Spain 2016: A European Democracy Falling Apart?

Spain has enjoyed an intense process of social modernization and development in the last three decades, following its transition to democracy and its accession to the European Union. However, the 2008 financial crisis had a strong economic, social and political impact which has profoundly altered one of the most stable party systems in Europe. The new scenario includes the arrival of new liberal and populist parties that put an end to the monopoly of power by the conservative party and the socialdemocrats, the need for coalition governments in the absence of a consensual tradition, increasing political polarization, illiberal political demands, widespread political corruption, secessionist threats, and a generalized disaffection towards the political system. The incapacity to form a government might send voters to a third parliamentary election in less than a year, while the serious problems the country is facing cannot be addressed and the European Union's economic sanctions loom in the background. Is the Spanish social and political system imploding, or we are witnessing a fundamental change in the rules of the game?

Speakers:

Jon Allen, speaker, Former Ambassador of Canada to Spain

Pablo Ruiz-Jarabo, speaker, General Consul of Spain in Toronto

Mark Manger, speaker, Associate Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs

Francisco Beltran, speaker, Lecturer, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Randall Hansen, moderator, Professor, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

 

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required. For further information, please contact Joseph Hawker


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