Spain’s Descent Into Banana Republicanism

ESPANHA DESCE A UMA REPUBLICA DAS BANANAS

Raging Bull-shit

bananaIt seems that nary a day goes by without some new seismic political scandal breaking in Spain. In just the first few days of April, King Juan Carlos’ daughter, La Infanta Cristina, was charged with aiding and abetting her husband, Iñaki Urgangarin, in his myriad scams to embezzle money from the public purse.

Never one to be outdone in the corruption department, Spain’s governing party, the Partido Popular (PP), was also engulfed in yet another scandal, this time revolving around the president of the Galician regional parliament Alberto Núñez Feijóo’s past ties to a known smuggler and drug trafficker.

The uproar followed El Pais’s publication of a series of photos from 1995 showing Feijóo, then deputy health secretary of the region, enjoying both a luxury yacht cruise and a mountain road trip with Marciel Dorado, a known smuggler and widely suspected capo of the Galician drug-smuggling mafia.

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