With his election victory, Spain's Socialist Prime Minister has clearly consolidated his hold on power, says John Chappell. Relations with the US are another matter, though.
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero's Socialist Party shocked the world in Spain's last general election. John Chappell reports on what's likely to be running through Spanish voters' minds as they head to the polls this Sunday.
The bloody and tragic soap opera gripping Europe right now isn't a telenovela - it's a real life incident spawned by a Jerry Springer-like program in which a Spanish man proposed to his Russian ex-girlfriend, she turned him down -- and he cut her throat, reports John Chappell The television show and its host take no responsibility for what happened. That's show biz.
A fawning interview with an Iraqi Baath Party spokesman graced two full pages of John Chappell's morning paper. He had a hard time keeping down his breakfast after reading it.