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August 2, 2007 DOW JONES REPRINTS This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers, use the Order Reprints tool at the bottom of any article or visit: . See a sample reprint in PDF format . Order a reprint of this article now . Is Spain Too Localized? By JONATHAN HOUSE August 2, 2007; Page A5 MADRID -- A growing number of Spanish business leaders and policy makers are warning their country's devolution of powers to regional governments has gone too far, creating barriers to commerce and investment within the European Union's fifth-largest country. At a time when European countries are working to strengthen EU institutions, many are rethinking the balance of power between their own central and regional governments. Germany last year moved to streamline its legislative process, ceding to its states authority over areas such as shop opening hours and trade fairs, while limiting their participation in federal legislation. At the same time, countries such as Spain and the United Kingdom have been handing over basics such as health care and education in an effort to assuage ethnic tensions and improve government accountability. Spain also has devolved wide powers for regions to legislate over transportation, commerce and the environment, among other areas. In the 32 years since dictator Francisco Franco's death, Spain has gone from being one of Europe's most centralized countries to one of its most decentralized. Its 1978 constitution recognized 17 autonomous communities and launched a process to gradually pass decision-making authority to them. Is Spain Too Localized? - (1 of 4)8/3/2007 7:39:05 AM
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Is Spain Too Localized? - In recent years, the Socialist-led government has encouraged regions to draft new charters granting them greater autonomy. As the European common market becomes a working reality, the acceleration of devolution has sparked
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