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Matthew Bennett

Matthew Bennett

Independent journalist. Spain.
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Casado says Vox and Abascal are populist radical destructive "bitter fruit" that make everything worse

February 15th, 2022
Sánchez says the PP is the same as Vox. Ayuso in Madrid says she is clear she would never do a deal with the left. What does Casado want to be?
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PP refuses to accept reality of having to govern with Vox

February 14th, 2022
The Popular Party tried to keep moving forward on Monday with the version of events it had thought would happen before it called the regional elections: governing by itself in Castilla y León. Vox and the PSOE should abstain to allow that to happen. Both Vox and the PSOE rejected that path outright this morning. Vox wants their man, García-Gallardo, to become the Deputy First Minister and for their election manifesto and ideology to be taken into account. The socialists want to watch the fun on the right.
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Vox demands top job in regional government PP minority win in Castilla

February 13th, 2022
Ciudadanos and Podemos almost disappear in ballot that leaves regional parliament more divided than ever. Provincial parties do well.
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Polls suggest right-wing coalition in Castilla y León

February 7th, 2022
Newsletter: If the polls are right, Casado will finally have to decide if he can govern with Vox and what that means for the PP at the national level.
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Does any voter in Spain watch all the propaganda?

January 27th, 2022
Newsletter: And what is the point in 2022 of election debates with half the parties people might want to vote for missing?
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Should Spain and the West do more in Ukraine?

January 25th, 2022
Newsletter: Is sending some more weapons to Kiev or troops to neighbouring countries going to be the right path if Putin invades?
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Will global events crash the elections in Castilla y León?

January 24th, 2022
Newsletter: Parties want to talk about cows and tractors and the countryside but Covid and the Ukraine crisis with Russia demand political attention.
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How will Spain react to the Ukraine crisis?

January 22nd, 2022
Newsletter: Before the Russian tanks have crossed the border, the left-wing coalition government is already split on the matter. On the right, Vox's Abscal is denouncing a globalist plot against Spain.
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The problem is the TV footage, not a pencil and paper

November 16th, 2021
The provincial court judge in Huelva, Florentino Ruiz Yamuza, today published his order with the arguments for throwing all journalists out of the entire Laura Luelmo murder trial. All the parties asked him to do it, he asked the jury and then of course argued that the European Court of Human Rights, the Supreme Court, the Spanish Constitution, the Judicial Power Act, the Jury Act, the Criminal Procedure Act and the Statute of the Victim all backed him up.
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