Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, is to appear infront of Congress on the 10th February to inform them about the measures taken against unemployment. The decision to appear in February was negotiated by the PSOE party which has manage to avoid the oppisition party requests for him to appear infront of Congress in January.
The situation has created huge turmoil in the politicial arena with the opposition parties calling for explanations. While members of the ERC, IU and BNG accept him appearing in February, others such as the CiU are demanding that given the “serious” current situation, without “effective measures” and with a “brutal lack of confidence”, the government “has to show their face infront of Parliament”.
The unemployment figure in Spain has risen above 3,000,000 making it the worst figure in 20 years. Several experts claim that in 2009, Spain will see over 4,000,000 unemployed.