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Lessons from the victory against Madrid’s hospital privatisation plan

Victory this week against Madrid’s hospital privatisation – and other recent struggles in Spain – shows popular resistance delivers results, says Esther Vivas “Resisting is pointless,” we hear endlessly repeated. “So many years of protest but the crisis continues, why bother?” insist others, inoculating us with apathy and resignation. “Protests could lead to something that’s even … Continue reading

Spain’s police union slams Government’s ‘barbaric’ orders over eviction campaigners

In Argentina, escraches were people who organized demonstrations outside the homes of people associated with the dictatorship. In Spain, this term has been borrowed by the Platform for Mortgage Victims (PAH), to apply pressure in favour of a Popular Legislative Initiative on evictions, with some protests being held outside the homes of the leaders of … Continue reading

Spain’s evictions, the ECJ ruling and the banking lobby

By Vicente Clavero The two main parties in Spain, the Socialists and the Popular Party, should hang their heads in shame because it took a decision from overseas to fix our legislation on evictions. Legislation, which, since the beginning of the crisis, has been used by banks to seize the homes of half a million … Continue reading

Spanish firefighters refuse to be ‘puppets of the banks’

Spanish firefighters are refusing orders to participate in evictions because their duty is to “serve the public ” and intervene in “emergencies” and not to be “puppets of the bank or its servants in the government”. Firefighters in Galicia, Catalonia and the Madrid region have rejected any action that “contributes to inequalities and miseries suffered … Continue reading

Winners and losers in Spain’s financial crisis

By Manel García Biel The Spanish financial system crisis was caused by the over-indebtedness of financial institutions resulting from over-exposure to real estate which went boom and then bust. To deal with this financial crisis Spain implemented ‘reforms’ , paving the way for the country to obtain a bailout from the EU of 100 billion euros. … Continue reading

Bailing Out the Landlords

Fast-Tracking Evictions in Spain: The Spanish government’s bill on the rental market has come under attack by consumer groups. Check out why at Counterpunch  

They gambled, the banks won, the citizens lost

By Joan Pere Enciso i Rodriguez One of the main neoliberal economic policies implemented over the past decades has been liberalizing the domestic and international financial system. One of the key planks of this policy was less regulation and less control: goverments’ allowed capital to move without any control and they lost  control about where taxes … Continue reading

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