Category: Spain

Dick Nichols: New Catalan political space

One hurdle cleared on the road to left unity

Dick Nichols: Spanish state: big issues for Podemos left unresolved by congress

The immediate key to Iglesias’s victory was the big jump in participation in voting: with nearly 20,000 new members joining up in January

Oscar Reyes: Lessons from Barcelona en Comú on how to Take Back Control

After 20 months in charge of Barcelona, here are eight things we have learned from Ada Colau and Barcelona en Comú

Carlos Delclos: We want to welcome! Barcelona demands open borders for refugees

Barcelona wants to welcome refugees. Only a radical movement can substantiate the city’s demands.

Sol Trumbo Vila: Report from the second Citizen’s Assembly of Podemos

The mandate from the Podemos Assembly is to go forwards in unity and with humility

Denis Rogatyuk: Podemos at the crossroads

The left-wing anti-austerity party Podemos is planning to hold its second country-wide citizens’ assembly (Vistalegre II) on February 11th-12th to decide the political direction, organisational structure and its electoral strategy for the next regional and general elections. In the last several months, tensions have risen between the two major figures within Podemos — Pablo Iglesias Read more…

Dick Nichols: Catalonia versus the Spanish state: the battleground in 2017

2017 will be the year of showdown between Catalonia and the Spanish state over whether the Catalan people have a right to vote on how their country should relate to Spain.

Dick Nichols: Spain: the civil war in the Socialist Party and the challenges for Podemos

In the end, on October 29, it all worked out pretty well for Mariano Rajoy. After patiently implementing his motto that “all things come to he who waits”, the leader of the minority conservative People’s Party (PP) was that day confirmed as Spain’s prime minister for a second four-year term. Two days later, Rajoy was Read more…

Victor Grossman: Spain: Remembering sacrifice of the International Brigades

In one hurrying day, eighty years ago, in Albacete, a center of Spain’s La Mancha region, a few officers somehow created quarters for five hundred men arriving the following day, then five hundred more, and more. Soon three or four thousand, somehow organized in units despite a mad variety of languages, were issued a motley Read more…

Conn Hallinan: Spain’s Turmoil & Europe’s Crisis

The left needs to hurry lest xenophobia, racism, hate and repression, the four horsemen of the right’s apocalypse, engulf Europe

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