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4 Ways La Crisis Is Changing Spanish Society (Slideshow)

4 Ways La Crisis Is Changing Spanish Society (Slideshow)
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“We have lived well, but what future is there for our children?” It’s a question expressed by an older generation of Spaniards who lived through the country’s civil war and Franco’s dictatorship, in French newspaper Le Monde.

Grandparents who began working at the age of thirteen are seeing grandchildren with college degrees face a far more uncertain future. An unemployment rate of 25 percent and far higher for those in their twenties, new austerity measures, higher taxes and other effects of the financial crisis are taking a deep toll on Spanish society.

Here are four ways that La Crisis is changing Spain’s social institutions.


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8:15AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

I have to make another comment after reading some of the earlier comments. It would seem that most of you have a problem with the way the Spanish treat their animals, I would like to suggest to all, that they watch a DVD called "Earthling" narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, if you can stomach it. This should put things into perspective for you.

8:04AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

There is evil amongst us all wherever we live and its forums like this one that allow us to share knowledge and support those that are like minded.

6:57AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

The article made me sad, but that was nothing to some of the extremely negative comments made here.

We visited several parts of Spain many times over the years and wherever we went we were welcomed with open arms and wonderful smiles. The country is beautiful, the Spaniards were always very open and friendly and I never once saw mistreatment of an animal,( though of course there were bullfights, which we don't condone and never attended), so it can't be as widespread there as some seem to imply. We certainly did not walk around with our eyes shut!

I have however seen animals in other Western countries shouted at, kicked, kept tied on short leashes... How many times have I (and you) seen dogs obviously terrified by their owners? Easy to tell, the dog squats flat down, or cringes, tail between its legs, ears and head down. So please stop being judgemental, don't look at what's wrong with your neighbour, but make sure your own 'house' is in order first.

I wanted to say something positive and honest about Spain and the Spaniards as someone who has been a regular visitor and seen with their own eyes. They are wonderful people and deserve respect and a little compassion at least for their present plight. Of course they're not all perfect, but that's the same everywhere. The majority are decent, kind, caring, outgoing, and deserve support rather than condemnation.

1:21PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012


1:21PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

I can't believe some of the comments here! Wait until the US announces it's in a crisis, which it pretty much already is, and let's talk some karma then. Messing with other countries and stupid foreign policies is far worse than killing a few bulls. Besides, you think your own cowboy hillbilly rodeos are any better for an animal?

12:24PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012


6:56PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

No one "deserves" a bad situation, no matter where, Spain, US, Asia. Why is it that some people think that other people "deserve" something because of a habit they have. Un-Kind!

6:55AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

and the comments i've seen here are just an evidence of how hypocrite are some of the people in this website.

6:53AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

For the ones who say "Spanish government supports bullfighting, then Spanish people deserve what they have"

I only want to tell you:
-your brain must have the size of a nut
-your contact with culture might have been minimum in your life.

It's very trendy to say that Spain is a country that mistreats animals. I know the situation we have in Spain, it is a shame, but I don't think this represents all people who live there. The government takes it's decisions completely appart from what the population thinks about it. I only want to tell you that Spanish government DOES NOT REPRESENT US. Spain is almost in dictatorship now, the government has been elected democratically but they are not using the program they have been elected for, and the only possible solution for this country to raise without starving will be a civil war (population against government and the army). So don't tell me if people deserves the situation or not.

And please, don't take for granted that the population of a whole country equals some retarded hunters and some dickheads who think that killing a bull is a form of art.

First judge your own country, which still has death penalty, before you blame another one.

Sincerely, some human beings are a shame, and some comments here are a perfect evidence. Luckily I live surrounded with people who know what does RESPECT mean, for animals and for other human beings, because NOBODY deserves that situation we are living in Spain.

I feel shame

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