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Exploited Telefonica workers find ally in radical Barcelona mayor

Barcelona’s new radical mayor-elect has signalled her determination to secure a fair deal for exploited Telefonica-Movistar workers by threatening to curtail the company’s contract with the City to put pressure the company in its labour dispute. Outgoing mayor Xavier Triasa aimed to prolong the contract between the operator and the City Council for another year until July 2016, but that is now … Continue reading

Who is the new mayor of Barcelona and how did she secure control of Spain’s second city?

Former anti-eviction activist Ada Colau has been elected the new mayor Barcelona in the municipal elections this Sunday. Ahead of the victory of the radical campaigner, who was backed by a coalition including Podemos and United Left, she spoke to Il Manifesto newspaper. A squatter in power. If we wanted to find a way of … Continue reading

Spain’s local elections confirm Podemos as third force while in Barcelona radical left triumphs

The upstart left party Podemos has claimed it is a “lever for change”, as it broke through in eight regions of Spain to become the third force in eight of the 13 regional parliaments contested. “We would have liked to see a more rapid erosion of the large parties, according to Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias, who described this … Continue reading

Ciudadanos, Podemos and the middle ground

Josep Maria Antentas explains the challenges for the left-wing Podemos, faced with the threat from another political upstart, Cuidadanos, that is rivalling  it in the polls The emergence of Ciudadanos (‘Citizens’) has once again changed Spain’s fluid and volatile political landscape. Finally the option of peaceful change, a regeneration of the model, without changing it. Is … Continue reading

Rajoy’s war on renewables

Spain’s Popular Party government has been waging war against one of the world’s most vibrant renewable energy industries in a bid to protect big business interests, argues Ignacio Martil. Since the ruling Popular Party took power in Spain in 2011, it has introduced a range of legislative measures to undermine the renewable energy sector, which accounts … Continue reading

Andalusia’s elections analysed

By Juan Torres López* The results of the Andalusian elections on Sunday 22 March have some features and trends that seem significant and perhaps decisive not only on what happens in Andalusia, but throughout Spain in the future. First, they confirm what has always seemed essential to understand what is happening in Spain’s most populous … Continue reading

Spain’s jobs crisis will endure as long as we are in the euro 

By Juan Torres López A crucial question for the Spanish economy is why we suffer a level of unemployment that is much higher than the rest of the economies that surround us.  Obviously, it is a question with no simple unequivocal answer, for surely there are many factors that make our unemployment so high and … Continue reading

Spain, 1936; Greece, 2015

With a newly elected government opposing the troika’s  brutal austericide policies, Greece finds itself alone – like Spain was in 1936, argues Pedro Luis Angosto*  That history does not repeat itself does not prevent it from being cyclical; in other words whenever a period of progress occurs it provokes a reaction that tries to roll … Continue reading

Spain between political regeneration and class struggle

The traditional party of the radical left Izquierda Unida is facing a takeover by upstart party Podemos. Jesús Sánchez Rodríguez* analyses the dynamics within and between to the two organisations and the prospects for economic, social and political transformation in Spain The political project of Podemos began to be articulated about a year ago and … Continue reading

Greece’s new government, Tsipras and the issue of sovereignty

Why did Syriza choose the Independent Greeks as coalition partner? And how will the other Eurozone countries react to the new Government in Athens? Jacques Sapir explains Syriza has won and secured 149 seats in the Greek parliament. Alexis Tsipras, its charismatic leader, is the big winner of the elections this Sunday, January 25th. Many people … Continue reading

Spain needs its own Syriza

In the wake of Syriza’s success in Greece, all eyes are on whether something similar is possible in Spain, where local and general elections are due later this year. For that to happen, the upstart party Podemos that is leading in the polls needs to drop its opposition to building a radical left coalition too, argues Manel … Continue reading

3 Greek myths  

By Vincente Navarro Dominant economic thinking, that is, neoliberalism, constantly uses lines of argument to create moods that make its proposals –  always involving sacrifices by the masses – more tolerable and acceptable. These arguments are repeated in the mass media to the point they become the conventional wisdom. That is, the “platitudes” promoted by the … Continue reading

The Greek sun

By François Delapierre* Amid this icy return to work, those who aspire to a thaw in the European climate, something [French Socialist President] Hollande has not achieved, have their eyes turned towards Greece, and their thoughts on Spain. The Greek people vote first on 25 January and the Spanish have their general elections in September 2015, and before … Continue reading

When the FT supports Europe’s radical left

By Bernard Cassen Fingers in your ears and blindfold over your eyes: faced with the crisis, this is the policy of denial practised by the European Union (EU), especially with respect to the euro area. A policy is not judged by its intentions but by its results. And the results are catastrophic: the Eurozone is on … Continue reading

‘We are the vote for hope’ : Interview with Podemos’ Pablo Iglesias

He’s MEP of the European Left in the Gue-NGL grouping, “that defends the dignity of the people and democracy ». He’s also leader of Spain’s Podemos movement, which to general surprise won 8% in the Continent-wide elections in May and is accredited in opinion polls today as the leading political force in the country with … Continue reading

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