Spain from the 80´s to 2012

Main

Economic Crisis

1980 - 1987

ETA Killings

1980 - 1981

ETA killed 118 people and forshadowed much violence to come from ETA during the 1980´s

Tejero’s failed coup

1981

Spain joins NATO

1982

PSOE wins majority

1982

Party faced challenge of economic stability and entrance of Spain into European community

Spain joins EEC

1986

General Strike

1988

Aznar was elected president of the PP

1990

Barcelona Olympics and Seville Expo

1992

Jose Maria Aznar becomes PM

1996

Economic Growth

1996 - 2009

ETA kills Miguel Angel Blanco, Spain outraged

1997

The General Strike against the Employment Decree

2002

Peseta replaced by Euro

2002

192 people and 2,100 wounded in terrorist attack in Madrid

2004

PSOE won general elections

2004

14 March 2004, the PSOE won the general elections (164 seats), making José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero the fifth president

ETA ceasefire

2006

Recession Begins

2009

General Elections, PP wins led by Rajoy

2011

¨Given the difficult economic climate and to create certainty in the political forces and institutions, general elections were called four months ahead of the deadline to exhaust the legislature, being celebrated on November 20, 2011¨