I came on this site 7 years ago after I had a question about selling up my flat in london to move to Spain...(I sold.....lost a bit..but not as much as i would have had I held on to it)
just a little anecdotal.....
Since living in spain ive seen the good and bad of the spanish culture. Im happy living and working here, (Im in madrid)..I pay less then I would have living in london....Im happily renting..the house prices here are just stupid.....the lifestyle i could not have in the uk. Im dont like to complain.......
BUT.....having been an employer here I see that the system just doesnt work. Its impossible to hire people without having to do a little under the table as the social security payments will bankrupt any small business.
Most ppl here just want public sector jobs as they think that is all that will give them job security. Before the recent labour changed, the unemplyment benerfit allowed ppl to work 12 months, then take time offf and live off nearly full wage for 4-5 months(thats why my social security payements were so bloody high). It was imposible to fire bad workers.....of course now people are being fired left right and centre so the oposite is just as bad. The system is not fair...and its easily abused. I dont feel a sense of ambition here...to create businesses or to possible look out of the country.
Everyone is moaning but doing nothing about it. Its frustrates me.....not educating themselves to do something....just moaning......im planning a new project (theatre and enteratainment) and people actually ask me why bother as the economy is so bad!! I believe that if you stop everything stops.
Most of my spanish friends are having trouble finding work or on temporary contracts living at home with their parents, there really is a sense of doom right now. Prices have gone up considerably....for things like public transport and utilites but peoples wages are frozen or being cut. So its def getting tough.
Most i know dont talk or know the full details about the bailout...or about economics in general..(my journalist friends of course do....all via twitter..thats where you find the real debate) .my expat friend speak more about it......the latest advert for the Euro2012 sponsored by Coke said..forget the ecomnoy..lets play football!!!!....this bailout was perfectly timed during the beginning of the football...its shocking how people just forget!! to have a beer and watch the match. Even the prime minister went to Poland to watch the spain/Italy match because he didnt want the people of Spain to think it was that serious. Scandalous!! Way too much pride issues going on.
Right now those with huge mortagages and children feel cheated that the banks are being bailed out.....yet they are not, having lost jobs etc.....i personally feel they shouldnt have got such huge mortages and had 4 kids..but thats probably because ive been on this site for too many years...ahem. People are suffering because of the system, culture of entitlement, bad luck, laziness and pure ignorance. There is MAJOR curruption in most sectors...money being squandered left right and centre. you need to see some of ther egional airports here.......and see where the money was wasted. Huge places, for 1 flight a day!!!!! (logroño airport for example)
Its going to be tough for many as there is not a benefit system to fall back on.
This year I will see what happens, and then im looking out of spain next year. Shame because Spain and its people really are a welcoming lot!