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10 reasons why the Sorpasso of Spain’s Radical Left failed last Sunday

Josep Maria Antentas* on the disappointing results for the radical left Unidos Podemos – an alliance of Podemos and the Communist-led United Left – in general elections last weekend. Undoubtedly, we expected a better night. From sorpasso to sorpresa (surprise), the elections of June 26 definitively marks the end of the first stage opened with … Continue reading

What’s the chance of a progressive government in Lisbon?

Last Sunday 4 October Passos Coelho’s right-wing coalition won the most votes in general elections in Portugal but failed to win a majority in parliament. Since then the man who’s imposed on Portugal some of the harshest austerity measures in Europe has been trying win the backing of the opposition Socialists. If the Socialists refuse … Continue reading

Catalonian elections – a matter of faith

Pro-independence parties are set to take power in Catalonia in elections Sunday that could pave the way to secession. Julian Maganto* makes a plea not to let emotions decide. On Sunday the Catalans choose their representatives in the regional Parliament. In a year that is so electorally significant in Spain as this one, in which there have … 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

Greek referendum: A view from Italy’s ‘populist’ Five Star Movement 

Italy’s Five Star Movement, which has campaigned for a referendum on the Euro, is in Athens today to support the Syriza government. Interview with Italian MP Alessandro Di Battista of the Five Star movement, who is participating in the delegation led by party leader Beppe Grillo. By Giacomo Russo Spena Top Quotes: Today’s referendum: “It is … 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

Growth? With dole queues growing again, very few in Spain will notice

Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, under whose tenure unemployment jumped to a record high of 6 million people out of work, has made job creation the centrepiece of his campaign for re-election campaign later this year. But in contrast to positive growth signals, the latest jobs figures confirm a catastrophic record, argues Vicente Clavero For … Continue reading

Crisis of democracy and sovereignty: the case of France

By Jacques Sapir France currently suffers from a deep democratic deficit. This can be measured in the rise in abstention during elections for almost twenty years. This is widely acknowledged, even if we differ on the analysis of the causes of this situation. Some dream of institutional reform. Such as a “Sixth Republic” advanced by … Continue reading

Portugal’s poll-leading Socialists propose making pensioners pay for ‘anti-austerity’ budget if elected

Portugal’s socialists have come under fire for proposals that would see pensioners pay for their plans to ‘turn the page on austerity’ if they are elected in general elections in the autumn. “There is an alternative, it’s possible to turn the page on austerity and have better economic results,” Socialist leader Antonio Costa said, Reuters … Continue reading

France’s anti-austerity movement has life in it yet 

Union-led protests across France show the country’s anti austerity movement is alive and kicking, despite the betrayals of the Socialist  government and the rise of the Right, argues Jean Paul Piérot of L’Humanite newspaper.    In the aftermath of departmental elections, the people seemed depressed, cowed. The popular anti-austerity movement, which in recent months has made … 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

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