If BLM dont wind their necks in Le Pen will be the next PM
Theres a strong undercurrent of Im fed up being told that im racist (much like in the UK)
But here they mean it when they say I may as well vote FN then.
Yes but no. The head of the Jemad (Joint Services) was straight onto the press to say in effect just that.
However the point isn't that it was a few retired crusties, especially when a follow up letter from 217 other officers expressed sentiments of the unity of Spain being in danger. In reality it's just a budget vote in Parliament in a special situation not secession.
It does show that there is an underlying sense of intolerance to those who don't subscribe to a certain mindset and demanding conformity.
An American lady I know who has spent a long time in various countries told me that she was horrified by the underlying current of fascism in Spain.
Look at the reaction to the Catalan referendum. I've speculated more than once if the police had been given the order to use firearms if they would have.
Spain does have an intolerant streak, I'm interested in where else it can be found.
Technically we don't understand democracy any more. We have allowed our entire system of checks and balances to be thrown out of the window, starting with Tony Blair and ending with Boris Johnson.
The House of Lords is now a party political entity over stuffed at the whim of whichever party is in power plus the remains of the last one (when the House of Lords is this large it is too unwieldy to scrutinise legislation effectively let alone the process for selecting members these days is so risible). With the Queen happy to sign off anything the Prime Minister puts in front of her this doesn't leave any informed challenge over what a Prime Minister wants to implement however unreasonable it is.
Sometimes a little fear of the population is a good thing for ruling bodies - it reminds them that they have to think longer term than addressing the latest headline in the Daily Mail.
If Macron fails, as he should, and we keep all our fishing rights, then the next French President will be Marine Le Pen. Then we'll see the true level of French intolerance
I know nothing ....
Actually, the Greeks knew damn well their economy was not aligned properly to join the EU - but were quite happy for the EU to pretend it was.
The money poured in, the infrastructure improved immensely and now Greece is 'owned' by Germany.
When the EU collapses, that infrastructure still remains in Greece and Germany can go hang.
Fair compensation for the last time they invaded was the attitude I heard a lot.
I like the Greeks and I like their version of Democracy.
I will agree with you there, ETA was not a nice experience for anyone. But it arose because a certain part of the Basque population saw no solution to some of their aspirations under a repressive Franco government. The Spanish complain about the Basques and Catalans for example while ignoring the fact that 600 years of intolerance and repression towards those who were not in line with their version of Castillian thought since the days of Isabella and Ferdinand has actually caused the situation.Spain was also on the receiving end of intolerance with the Basque ETA terrorist movement.
854 killed including 240 Guardia Civil members, that leaves traces in the national psyche.
Their is an Amazon Prime 8 part documentary on the struggle against ETA which is well worth a look
I know about the money and kit situation. A friend of my daughter was based near here and she told us stories of sending them out on 30 hour 'toughening up' marches so as to save €€€€'s on scoff.Without wishing to be flippant, the Spanish Army, like us but more so, is very short of equipment, ammo etc (even blank). The probability of being able to find 26 million live rounds for mass execution purposes is somewhat low so I think you can relax for now.
Les flippantly, and having spent some time with the Spanish Army in recent years, I would note that even the most senior officers have only served in times of democracy (there being very few, I suspect, from pre-1978 days). Even the Tejero golpe was almost 40 years ago. Pub talk is one thing, but I would not really doubt their commitment to a democratic state.
I would admit ,however, that sympathy for gobby Catalan separatists and the like is not especially widespread in military circles
The Greeks invented radical democracy in Europe, but for most of modern history many major European states have not known it.
Italy had Mussolini
Spain had Franco
France had Napoleon
Germany had Hitler and the Kaiser
Romania had Ceaușescu
Poland had Józef Piłsudski
Yugoslavia had Tito
Russia had the Tsars, Stalin and now Putin.
The English speaking world has never really known a dictator (other than Cromwell) and we have traditionally governed by parliamentary democracy.
This goes a long way to explaining how Brexit and the vote for Scottish independence was able to go through without the country resorting to bloodshed.
It also explains why every other English speaking country in the world has a high regard for democracy and that our own future should lie with the Anglosphere.