Tuesday, March 13, 2007

ZAPATERO SURRENDERED AGAIN, this time by abandoning the pledge of the Sahrauis for an independent land. The Sahrauis, once the pet cause of the Spanish left. For someone who worships the UN, Spain's PM has been quick to drop the Baker plan and accept that Morocco continues ruling the land.

A dumb decision in practical terms: yesterday Algeria -who is in the opposite side to Morocco and used to go side by side with Spain- announced it's raising the price of the natural gas it sells to Spain by a whopping 20%, and did it the day before an official visit by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. Algeria supplies 60% of all natural gas that Spain uses.

UPDATE. One correction: Algeria supplies Spain with 44%, not 60%, of natural gas used.