I had dinner last night with a 28-year-old Spanish computer science researcher who is visiting a lab here in Boston for two months.
He said that the economic situation in Spain is terrible.
I asked what the root of the problem was, in his opinion. He said:
“We are a country of 47 million people but we’re broken up into 17 states, each of which has its own parliament. So there are a total of 18 parliaments. There are a huge number of politicians and each politician has a large collection of advisers. When construction was booming there was enough tax revenue to support all of this government, but now construction is finished and there isn’t enough money.