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Hasta Luego, Zapatero

The rout of the Spanish socialists.

Dec 5, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 12 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
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Rajoy has not yet mapped a strategy for taking Spain out of the Zapatero years. One of the complaints about Rajoy—you can read it in the conservative/free-market El Mundo as often as in the socialistic El País—is that he has come to power in an emergency without making clear what his economic policies are. It may be that, as the leader of one of the eurozone’s mendicant countries, he must play his cards close to his chest. On the other hand, it may be that Spaniards, like the rest of us, are just being introduced to a new political style. Leaders who now have the job of seizing back gifts recklessly bestowed are bound to be less voluble than those who handed them out in the first place.

Christopher Caldwell is a senior editor at The Weekly Standard.

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