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Thursday, 17 may 2012 | Financial Times

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Recommended article at the Financial Times: "Spain-style devolution can be part of a crisis solution" by David Gardner

You can find the article by clicking here: "Spain-style devolution can be part of a crisis solution

An excerpt:
But Spain’s problems need proper diagnosis, and devolution at its best should be seen as part of the solution. To begin with, the regions have to spend a lot because the main powers devolved to them, health and education, cost a lot, and the money transferred from the centre to finance this does not keep up. Shutting down regional autonomy will not much change that.
The Basque Country, by contrast, raises all its own taxes and transfers an agreed amount to the centre – as Catalonia wants to do. The Basque government manages to maintain the highest level of pre-school education in the country, double the national average, and to spend almost double the average amount on all pupils. At Thursday’s fiscal summit of central and regional governments, it will probably set its budget deficit target a couple of decimal points below the 1.5 per cent cap fixed by Madrid and Brussels. Devolution as such is not the problem; making it work well can be part of the solution.


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