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Losing touch
(Sur in English 11th  August  2017)

The magic number
(Sur in English July 21st 2017)

Bad timing
(Sur in English July 28th 2017)

Catalonia’s quest for independence takes
another surreal turn

(The Spectator August 2nd  2017)

Taking the credit
(Sur in English 4th August  2017)



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This week saw Mariano Rajoy issue his latest warning to the
increasingly aggressive separatists in Catalonia.

Spain appears to be on an economic roll at the moment
But how much credit can Rajoy’s government take for this
dazzling macroeconomic performance? Not much, as it turns out.

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This week BBVA and Bankia SA joined in the numbers game
and predicted that the Spanish economy would grow by 3.3%
this year. Mariano Rajoy should have been shouting this from
the roof
tops. Instead, he was in the witness box giving
evidence in the long running Gurtel corruption case.

The Spanish government has now been joined by the IMF
in the latest round of the GDP numbers game. It's only
a  matter of time before the magic number of 3.2% is reached
thereby equalling 2016's growth rate.

The sight of Mariano Rajoy in the witness box this week giving
evidence in the Gurtel corruption case was a PR disaster for
his party but a gift to Catalonian secessionists.