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Spain is experiencing strong growth, but is in a state of suspension in the wake of contentious regional elections in Catalonia and as it prepares for the general election in December. Ciudadanos and Podemos have become part of the political landscape and many business leaders fear upheaval

Politics tempers economic hope

People gather for the 'Junts pel Si' (Together for the Yes) coalition closing rally on September 25, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain
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Business confidence returns but December election result looks difficult to call

An automobile sits in a parking lot near part-complete residential properties in Arroyomolinos, near Madrid, Spain, on Monday, May 6, 2013
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Strong growth cannot mask huge challenges

The country is only at the beginning of its recovery and has a long way to go

electronic screens displaying Ibex 35 stock price information inside the Madrid Stock Exchange, also known as Bolsa y Mercado, in Madrid, Spain, on Monday, July 6, 2015
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Profits are up and debts are down

Companies are no longer retrenching but there are still clouds on the horizon

Vice President of Spain Soraya Saenz de Santamaria attends delivery of the National Award Sociology and Political Science 2014 at Zarzuela Palace on March 9, 2015 in Madrid, Spain
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Rajoy’s deputy steps up to the task

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría is the main go-to person

Supporters of the Junts Pel Si or "Together for Yes" party celebrate following the result of the Catalonian parliamentary election in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015
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Catalan election has solved little

Future will remain unclear until after the coming national elections

Podemos and Ciudadanos are here to stay

The traditional parties are unlikely to gain a majority when the country votes in December

scene from ‘Ocho Apellidos Vascos’
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Cinema goers give sector fresh hope

Recent successes will help industry struggling with higher VAT on tickets and low subsidies


Nation wearies of the euro crisis

An economy in good shape, with great strengths, has fallen in the world’s estimation, says Victor Mallet

Regions: Difficulties undermine confidence

Devolution makes running the country more difficult, says Victor Mallet

Start-ups: Future looks bright for entrepreneurs

Miles Johnson finds many new businesses in the best of health

Banks: ‘Bankeros’ pay for denial by lenders and officials

What began as a small issue is now a danger, says Miles Johnson

Economy: Competitive advantages obscured by anxiety

Miles Johnson points out that some sectors, such as tourism and exports, remain remarkably resilient

Football: Victory in sport followed sea change in philosophy

Jimmy Burns says a game that once divided the nation now unites it

Energy investment: Repsol’s travails remind business of risks

Some are counting the cost of venturing abroad, says Miles Johnson

Languages: Dubbing artists won’t be silenced

Miles Johnson talks to voice actors charged with harming education

Wine: Producers try to tempt wider range of palates

The high quality of even cheap bottles is one of the country’s best kept secrets, says Victor Mallet

Guest column: William Chislett

It will not be easy for Spain to change its image and improve the brand