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POLL: Who do you think will win the General elections on 20th Dec?
11 December 2015

The campaign for the general election has swapped traditional political rallies for television appearances, preferably on entertainment shows.

Aides to the main candidates admit that they are trying to tap into a massive audience that can only be reached via television, with the reaction on social media later amplifying the impact of TV appearances.
Never before has a Spanish election race been so focused on the small screen. The change is part of a larger shift in which the top-down method of campaigning has been mostly abandoned for a more interactive relationship with potential voters.

This reflects the fact that three of the four main nominees to La Moncloa prime ministerial palace are in their late 30s and early 40s, and well-versed in the use of online tools. The emerging parties Podemos and Ciudadanos, in particular, owe much of their spectacular growth to social media.

In fact, these elections are being viewed practically as a generational battle between the old and the new. Communications experts now talk about “the new politics,” about “entertainment politics” and even about “pop campaigns” to explain this new effort to reach out to voters.

A study by Kantar, the world leader in market analysis, shows that 53.8 percent of Spaniards report following politics mostly on TV, followed by digital media for 21.9 percent.

These figures validate parties’ efforts to focus on television as the key battleground for votes, in an election with more undecided voters than ever before and surveys that show the Popular Party (PP), Socialists, Podemos and Ciudadanos running neck and neck in all the major cities.


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POLL: Football Fans! Who deserves the Ballon'd'Or?
01 December 2015

For those who don’t know, this award is given annually to the player who is thought to be the best in the world. This award is often confused with the now defunct Ballon d'Or European Footballer of the year which was awarded from 1956 until 2009. Since 2004 the voting process is based on a shortlist of 35 players produced by FIFA, from which team captains, national team managers and select journalists vote for the winner.

In 2010, the FIFA player of the year award was merged with the Ballon d'Or, and now the award is called the FIFA Ballon d'Or. Compare this list to the player of the year according to World Soccer magazine, and also the female player of the year.

Combining the FIFA Ballon d'Or (years 2010+) and FIFA World Player of the Year awards (1991 to 2009), Lionel Messi has won the award four times, with other players having won it three times: Cristiano Ronaldo, Zidane and Ronaldo.

The nominees for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or are (in alphabetical order): Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona) and Neymar (Brazil/FC Barcelona). 

The winner will be presented at the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on 11 January 2016.

Who do you think deserves it? Cast your vote….

If you don’t think any of them do,  post a comment and tell us who you think does deserve it!


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