SPEAKING SPANISH IN SPAIN A PROBLEM

Parliament’s Upper House has rejected a demand by the main opposition party, the Partido Popular, for Spanish children to be able to receive at least 50% of their classes in Spanish. The regional governments of Galicia, Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and the Basque Country have been limiting teaching in Spanish to the extent that it is now on danger of being taught as a foreign language in schools in those regions. The PP’s senator for the Balearic Islands, Joan Huguet, commented: “It’s paradoxical that Spain is the only country in the world where speaking Spanish is becoming a problem in certain areas.”

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