Illustration for article titled 47-story Spanish skyscraper has no elevator, just like Spains economy

The Intempo skyscraper in Benidorm—a disgusting vacation spot in the Spanish east coast—is a horrible symbol of Spain's real estate bubble and greed. It's also a perfect example of the country's disgraceful lack of planning: it doesn't have elevators for half of it.

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As an Spaniard, I look at this and I can only feel the most absolute of the embarrassments. But then again, if the entire state is brimming with corruption and dishonesty—from the head of the state to the politicians in almost all the parties, banks, companies and even some judges—I can't really expect anything else but this. [El País (in Spanish)Photo by Enrique Domingo]

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