Current debate rarely attributes the rise of populism in European politics to the perceived prevalence of corruption. Yet public opinion often shows that citizens believe their representatives to be corrupt, write Laurence Cockcroft and Anne-Christine Wegener.
Given the predicted poll results ahead of December's Spanish elections, and the crisis in Catalonia, it would be over-simplistic, and probably wrong, to compare political developments in Spain and Portugal, writes Elisa Lledó.
What Spain needs to face the external market pressure, and the internal social unrest is a wide political consensus among the political parties and the social partners, argues Cristina Manzano from the Madrid-based think-tank FRIDE.
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