I am currently worried about the state of affairs in Spain. And I am not talking about the economic and financial situation (which of course is more than worrying) here but about the decay of democracy in the form of rampant and still rising corruption especially among the political elite.
The economic crisis has swept the conservative PP into power with a landslide victory over the former social-democratic government even though the party was entangled in one of the biggest corruption scandals in post-franco Spain (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gürtel_case for reference).
As it is only one person so far has been indicted in this case and it was Mr. Garzon the very judge who opened and led the case. Only weeks after the PP came into power he was found guilty and barred from the legal profession for 11 years thus effectively killing his career (in Spain as he still serves as an adviser at The Hague I believe). At least he was acquitted by a court of the "crime" of investigating crimes in the Franco period.
Now the government has also replaced the entire board of the corruption bureau at the ministry of finance who used to be unaligned and replaced board members with party loyals. That move also might not sit well with EU inspectors if Spain is ever to need aid.
Now, I do understand that a change in government also means technical changes but on this level and scope I truly see the Spanish democracy in danger (mind you just today another court ruled that the excessive force police used against protesters in Barcelona last may was "not excessive" and the sole intention was to "clean the place").
In last year's Freedom House's perceived corruption index Spain was ranked 4th worst of all EU countries just on top of Italy, Greece and Croatia I wonder about next year's ranking. These developments also do not help attract foreign investment, methinks.
All this combined with a government that broke it's electoral promises within days, did just the same spending cuts it opposed earlier and now does not even try to hide it's true face and that it is all about enriching themselves... interesting times ahead!
Of course I might have fallen prey to my own political inclination and I see things way too negatively, but I fear I'm right.
Further readings for the interested (mostly in Spanish):