It was Black Wednesday for Spain. The King's brother-in-law was sent to prison for five years, the culture minister from a week-old government resigned following local media reports that he had avoided paying taxes while working as a TV journalist ten years ago and Spanish soccer coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked two days before Spain face Portugal. Things can only get better, you would think. If this state of affairs occurred in Britain it would be all over the TV news, it would be the main talking point in the bars and restaurants and it would be on everyone's lips.

But Spain is different. These three big stories did make the Spanish media, but it wasn't a question of Minister Resigns, see Pages 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. It was covered and that was it. The majority of Spaniards I know seem to take these incidents in their stride. It is a laughing matter rather than anything else for most, even though they are very serious incidents. The biggest talking point was probably the sacking of the Spain coach, especially as he has just been appointed the new Real Madrid manager. Lopetegui created all manner of opinion yesterday and an early exit for Spain in the World Cup will be blamed directly on him. If Spain wins in Russia then new coach Fernando Hierro will be a national hero.

The more laid-back attitude in Spain is obviously a welcome relief. Bad news is always bad but in northern Europe sometimes it becomes even more pronounced and a bit overboard.


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osn / Hace over 3 years

Far from bad times, I think these are good times for Spain. This country has been hobbled and blighted by corruption for many many decades. The fact that Rajoy was forced from office, A member of the royal family has been jailed and a senior member of the brand new government has been forced from office, all by corruption cases gives me a little hope that perhaps the days of apathetic 'tolerance' of endemic corruption in Spain are numbered. Like you I would like to see bigger headlines for these, but these are baby steps in the right direction. These rogues can count themselves very lucky not to have occupied more column inches this week, edged into the margins by events on the football field.


MelB / Hace over 3 years

This really is one of the most inane editorials you have produced.


Richard Pearson / Hace over 3 years

It’s not big news in the press as the Spanish don’t generally buy newspapers ( they glance through them in their local bar ) and if they do, it’s usually to read the sports section.

To get a real feeling of what the Spanish think, one must read the comments in the digital versions of the press, such as this one, and these, I can assure you, are anything but “laid-back”.


Henry James / Hace over 3 years

What was the point of this load of tripe.?


Geroge / Hace over 3 years

That is because Jason it is Northern Europe who commute in, on overcrowded trains in the dark in the winter months and commute out again in the dark.

It is Northern Europe that "dot the i's and cross the t's" on the ridiculous Brussels legislation, whereas the Mediterranean countries do not, they adopt the rules that suit them and conveniently forget about the others.

It is Northern Europe whom do not have 6 months holiday and do not spend the winter months in sunshine enjoying coffee with a seaview.

It is Northern Europe whom put the most money into the coffers of the Brussels, meanwhile Spain has received this income building roads, hospitals, sports facilities, schools etc.

After living here for 40 years I do believe the Mediterranean countries do it right and the Northern countries should leave Brussels and spend their money on themselves.