Tag: Spain

  • Spanish General Election 2019

    On April 28, a general election, for the National Congress and the Senate, was held in Spain after Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called new elections. Sánchez is the leader of the social-liberal, pro-European Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSO), in power since June 2018, when he led a successful motion of confidence against the government of … Keep reading »

  • New Governments in both Spain and Catalonia: Will the Impasse Persist?

    On June 1, less than three weeks after a new government was finally allowed to take office in Catalonia, the Spanish government of Mariano Rajoy‘s People’s Party (PP) – which had headed the central state’s harsh repression of Catalan self-determination – was defeated in a parliamentary no-confidence vote prompted by a High Court conviction of … Keep reading »

  • Rally for Catalan independence

    Catalonia’s Paradox

    October 1 has passed, closing a period of the shared history between Catalonia and the Spanish state and beginning an uncertain future. It was a day when all the tension building over the five-year independence process came to a head. The numbers speak volumes. 2,262,424 votes cast. With an electoral roll of approximately 5.3 million … Keep reading »

  • Spanish Left Falls Short in Poll Amid New Deadlock

    The key question about the result of the June 26 Spanish general election is also the most difficult to answer: why did 1.09 million people – who in the December 20 elections voted for the anti-austerity party Podemos, the United Left (IU) and the three broader progressive tickets Together We Can (Catalonia), Podemos-Commitment (Valencian Country) … Keep reading »

  • Democratic Rebellion: Some Lessons From the Municipal and Regional Elections in Spain

    Barcelona and Madrid are won. With Ada Colau and Manuela Carmena, two women will now occupy the mayoralties of both metropolises. Barcelona en Comú and Ahora Madrid were the names of the municipal connective platforms. Barcelona en Comú won the most seats in the city and can form a left-wing majority with both leftist parties … Keep reading »

  • Spain: ‘Popular Unity’ Councils Sworn In Amid Huge Enthusiasm

    The squares in front of scores of town halls across the Spanish state were jam-packed with enthusiastic crowds on June 13. Tens of thousands had gathered to celebrate the inauguration of progressive administrations elected in a leftward swing in the May 24 local government elections for Spain’s 8144 councils. The joy was greatest in the … Keep reading »

  • Theses on Podemos and the ‘Democratic Revolution’ in Spain

    Even if one almost always goes wrong with such prognoses, the fact is that the Spanish state is facing the biggest rupture since the end of the Franco dictatorship. In several large cities, the left radical-democratic lists of the Guanyem / Ganemos Initiatives have real chances of winning the mayoral elections in May. In recent … Keep reading »

  • Spanish State: After the Abdication of the King, It’s Time to Checkmate the Regime

    The regime is collapsing, it is dying and in its last-ditch struggle to survive, the king has abdicated. Never has the regime resulting from the Transition [The Transition is the name given to the political process following the death of Franco, which culminated in the Constitution of 1978] been as widely challenged as it is … Keep reading »

  • Spanish State: They Want Us Poor, Silenced and Straight

    The governing Popular Party (PP) is on a crusade – not only against fundamental rights such as health, education, housing, work, but also against sexual and reproductive freedoms. The PP wants to impose a model of society, not only at the service of capital, but sexist and homophobic to boot. It wants us poor, silenced … Keep reading »

  • Spanish State 25S: The Salvaging of Democracy

    “They call it democracy but this isn’t one” was the cry repeated in the squares and on the demonstrations. And as time went by, this slogan took on still more meaning. The stigmatization and repression against those who struggle in the street for their rights has only intensified in recent times. The worse the crisis … Keep reading »

  • Spain: A Spiral of Crisis, Cuts and Indignacion

    In March 2011 several regular Guardian columnists analysed the crisis in the Spanish state and the response to “austerity” by the population. All agreed that young people were “apathetic” and even “docile.” Two months later that same youth led tens of thousands to occupy city squares and a million to demonstrate across the country – … Keep reading »