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The overwhelming success of austericide

Vincente Clavero The austerity Taliban will be satisfied by the announcement by the IMF that, despite the policies advocated by them, the debt crisis in Spain may now extend for no less than ten years. According to the latest report of the Fund, presented this week by its chief economist, the Frenchman Olivier Blanchard, there’s … Continue reading

Spain’s United Left unveils economic ‘shock’ plan

Spain’s United Left, the third largest national party, has announced an economic “shock” plan to create more some 1.5 million jobs in two years by investing in greening the economy, protecting the environment, tackling the housing crisis and boosting essential public services. Unveiled 10 days before parliamentary elections, the plans include creating 300,000 jobs for … Continue reading

Spain’s ‘neo-liberal coup d’etat’

 Spain’s lower parliament has passed draconian legislation enforcing a “balanced budget”. The law, proposed by the governing Socialists and supported by the right-wing opposition Popular Party, is now expected to be passed without delay in the Senate. The law calls for a balanced long-term budget to be enshrined in Spain’s constitution, allowing for the deficit … Continue reading

“It’s not a crisis, it’s the system”

By Tom Gill  “No es una crisis, es el sistema! (“It’s not a crisis, it’s the system”): this was the key message the indignados sent to their politicians as they returned in their tens of thousands to the centre of Madrid last weekend. Hundreds had arrived after a month long journey on foot from 50 odd towns … Continue reading

Spanish artists and intellectuals call for “reconstruction of the Left”

Film-maker Pedro Almodóvar and a number of other leading Spanish artists and intellectuals who were once supporters of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s governing socialists have signed a manifesto calling for the “reconstruction of the Left.”. The manifesto, also signed by radical journalist Ignacio Ramonet, says: “The discrediting of politics, the repeated complaints about corruption of … Continue reading

Another bail-out of European banks

Another week, another round of austerity – and another bail-out of the banks in Europe. Greece’s parliament this week passed austerity measures linked to the receipt of crucial bailout funds to prevent the government from defaulting by mid-July. Two bills authorized a Euros 78 billion (£70 billion) package of budget cuts and asset sales. Under … Continue reading

Spain’s 15-M movement alive and kicking

By Tom Gill Tomorrow Spain’s parliament will hold its traditional ‘state of the nation’ debate. But this year the monopoly of elected politicians over discussing the big questions facing the country has been broken. For less than a mile away from the Cortes, an alternative ‘state of the nation’ debate will be held by ordinary … Continue reading

“A peaceful rebellion that has identified the oppressors”

By Tom Gill Spaniards face a deepening of anti-working class policies following the historic defeat of the ruling Socialists – unless the May 15 protests that have erupted across the country can help build a progressive majority for an alternative. The local and regional elections results were the worse for the socialists since the return … Continue reading

Spanish steps towards general strike

By Tom Gill If you are holidaying in Spain this year you may learn a couple of new words – huelga general. In the coming days and weeks the Spanish for general strike will be splashed across posters and on the lips of thousands of trade union activists who are campaigning in workplaces, the streets … Continue reading

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