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Obama and the Queen on tour, civil unrest in South Africa, and electoral impasse in Canada

By Prospect   May 2011


Austerity vote

Spain’s ruling Socialist party is expected to suffer in municipal and regional elections on 22nd May, after Prime Minister José Zapatero embraced a harsh austerity package earlier this year. His reforms, aimed at tackling a bloated deficit, 20 per cent unemployment (the eurozone’s highest) and the possible need for a European bailout, have been deeply unpopular, and he has already announced he will not seek a third term in next year’s general election. Opinion polls tip the right-of-centre Popular party to make big gains.


Electoral impasse

Canadians go to the ballot box on 2nd May after…

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