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By Bob Dole
The industrious island has proved itself worthy of U.S. inclusion
Topic - Cortes Generales
, General Courts) is the legislature of Spain. It is a bicameral parliament, composed of the Congress of Deputies (the lower house) and the Senate (the upper house). The Cortes has power to enact any law and to amend the constitution. Moreover, the lower house has the power to confirm and dismiss the President of the Government, commonly known in English language publications as 'prime minister'. However, because Spain is a European Union (EU) member state, it shares its authority with the council and parliament of the EU in certain legislative areas prescribed by treaties to which Spain is a party. - Source: Wikipedia
In a country with 21 percent unemployment, learning the net worth of lawmakers plugging austerity right and left is turning out to be irresistible. Spanish parliament released such numbers for the first time and its website immediately crashed.
Spanish players are holding firm in their decision to carry out their first work stoppage in 27 years in their fight for a new collective bargaining agreement with improved salary guarantees.
The drama of the European Union's common currency now goes into its second act, replete with a Spanish fandango as the crisis expands.