Spain and humor in the crisis. Artistic but razor-sharp political parodies as social lightning rods.
Humour is a gift of the gods. In particular in times of a crisis. Spain is in a crisis as never before. President Mariano Rajoy and his team of ministers is desperately trying to lift their beautiful country and generally light-hearted, positive people out of a structural mess that hardly took 12 years to grow out of control. Enough is told about that. How do people survive?
It's hardly possible! Social structures within Spain weren't prepared to deal with long-lasting high unemployment, too little action was taken when real (Spanish) population-growth came to a halt (1990), nothing was done to prepare for an in majority "grey" (older) population. Growth of small businesses was neglected. Bureaucracy remained overwhelming, taxes remained too high. Then came the Euro disguised as 'cheap' money - it appeared to be a massive trap! A housing boom went bust. Banks appeared to have pumped money in projects that weren't worth a dime. People no longer could pay their mortgages, when against political promises taxations rose sharply. Today nobody can make ends meet at the end of a month due to involvement of the EU, Berlin and the IMF. The Spanish won't forget.
Nevertheless and notwithstanding accidental violent repression of protests the Spanish have kept their dignity and sense of (brutal) humour. It works like a social lightning rod. One shouldn't be disturbed by it. Meanwhile the Spanish government is working hard to restructure the country. There is finally light at the end of a 5-years tunnel. It may take another year, but signs aren't currently that bad. Spanish people may intuitively sense it. One grumbles for sure, but it is the 'toreador'-mentality, the will to fight the crisis off, that keeps things going. Relativism of difficulties is another characteristic: one should not exaggerate. There is a lot of critique on PM Rajoy, but the day might come he could be seen as 'the saviour of the fatherland' by most. Then Spain for sure will have a quite different image from today's.
It is calmly turning into a future economic powerhouse.
Enjoy a fine weekend,