Spain’s markets are in a fix, and there seems to be no creditable solution in sight. In fact, there is no credit. Lending activity in the country has slowed down dramatically, having experienced its greatest fall this year (a record 2.64% decline till September). The property markets gone bust, and looks to have taken all the air out of Europe’s fourth largest economy. Borrowers keep defaulting, and homes foreclosing. The only thing that’s left soaring here is the national unemployment rate (22.6% at present vs. 7.9% in summer 2009).