Spain in Democracy

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PSOE

1982 - 1985

faced the challenges of overcoming the serious economic crisis and the negotiations for the entry of Spain into the European Community.

PSOE in power

1982 - 1996

Policy disagreements (UGT)

1988

call for a general strike

Barcelona Olympics and Seville Expo

1992

concealed the erosion of social support. The 1992-1993 crisis deepened the break with their
grass roots, the outbreak of corruption scandals and lawsuits related to GAL, which led to the
Home Office leaders to jail, did the rest.

Economic growth

1996 - 2000

facilitated the PP to
obtain an absolute majority in the 2000 elections, held in March, when the party obtained 183
seats.

PP in power

1996 - 2004

PSOE finally lost the elections against the renewed
Party led by José María Aznar.

General Strike

2002

against the
Employment Decree marked a turning point for the hegemony of PP

PSOE

2004 - 2011

wins general elections. Zapatero is president.
New elections in Nov. 2011

Terrorism

2004

A group of radical Islamist extremists killed
192 people and wounded almost 2,100 more in Madrid, in the worst terrorist attack
perpetrated in Europe to date. However, three days later normalcy reigned as the people of
Spain turned out to cast their votes in the general elections as planned.

Alliance of Civilizations

2007

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero also proposed the international initiative of the
Alliance of Civilizations, which was adopted as the official program for the United Nations

PSOE & Zapatero

2008 - 2011

Win election again during the period of World Crisis

PP

2011 - Present

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero also proposed the international initiative of the
Alliance of Civilizations, which was adopted as the official program for the United Nations