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Spain’s disposable workers

If a weapon is given to someone, it is normal to use it when needed. And that’s exactly what Spanish businesses are doing with the legal weapons that they have been given to hire and fire workers at their  convenience. As a result, the labour market has become a roller coaster, up and down in … Continue reading

Spanish unions, opposition slam ‘barbaric’ IMF recommendations for ‘reform’ 

The IMF has urged Spain to continue its neo-liberal reforms, in an indication of concern that elections in the fall could deliver a more progressive government than the current regime of Mariano Rajoy. It is calling for the part-privatisation of health and education, through ‘co-payments’ for services. It also wants to see further deregulation of … Continue reading

Podemos, Greece and the hot Spanish autumn

How much influence does the Greek question have on Podemos and the hopes for change of the Spanish Left? The chemistry between Iglesias and Tsipras has been a constant in recent months, but will this close relationship now weaken the Iberian upstart party in the next two important elections this autumn? While it is down … Continue reading

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

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