By James Lerner and Alejandro López, 24 November 2015
Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has offered to replace French troops deployed in missions in Africa so Paris can free up more forces for the fight against Islamic State (IS), both in France itself and in Syria and Iraq.
By James Lerner, 13 November 2015
As the regional Catalan parliament continues to fail to assemble a government, Madrid is signaling that any attempt to actually initiate secession would face legal action.
By James Lerner, 11 November 2015
Madrid is threatening Catalan regional officials with sedition and rebellion charges, which carry long prison terms, if they act upon their resolution calling for secession.
By Alejandro López, 10 November 2015
Though most Catalans voted for anti-secession parties in the regional elections, the Catalan regional parliament voted for secession, plunging Spain into deep crisis.
By Alejandro López, 7 November 2015
Podemos’ decision to offer itself up as a platform for NATO and the Spanish army to play a public role in political life is a warning as to the party’s reactionary character.
By Alejandro López, 4 November 2015
As Madrid threatens to crack down on aggressive Catalan-secessionist measures by the ruling parties in Barcelona, what is emerging is a crisis of bourgeois rule in Spain.
By Alejandro López, 29 October 2015
The CUP came to prominence with the backing of various pseudo-left parties that have promoted separatism in Catalonia and the Basque Country for decades.
By James Lerner, 26 October 2015
The Citizens party has been abruptly catapulted to national prominence in Spain by wall-to-wall favourable coverage by the national media.
By Alejandro López, 29 September 2015
Behind the nationalist fanfare, the truth is that the combined vote of the ERC and CDC has fallen compared to the last regional elections.
By James Lerner, 26 September 2015
The “Together for Yes” coalition comprises a collection of bourgeois and petty-bourgeois political forces.
By James Lerner, 19 September 2015
The 2008 economic crisis has destabilized the whole post-Franco set-up, of which the Democratic Convergence of Catalonia was a part.
By Alejandro López, 15 September 2015
Pro-separatist factions within the Catalan bourgeoisie are promoting nationalism to prevent a united struggle of the working class in Catalonia with their brothers and sisters across Spain.
By Alejandro López, 3 September 2015
There are currently around 1,000 Spanish soldiers in 10 land, air and naval missions on African soil.
By Carlos Hernández and Alejandro López, 11 August 2015
With the new National Security Law, the Popular Party government will have an alternative legal instrument to confront any moves towards Catalan separation.
By Alejandro López, 1 July 2015
The opposition Popular Party (PP), the Catholic Church and military leaders bitterly opposed a statute defining Catalonia as a nation.
By Alejandro López, 26 June 2015
For the Pentagon, use of the Morón and Rota bases is part of the new “Scramble for Africa.”
By Vicky Short, 30 May 2015
The Telefónica-Movistar workers’ struggle has received widespread support, but the bankrupt perspective of the unions is endangering the strike.
By Carlos Hernández, 30 May 2015
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking Spanish Telefónica-Movistar technicians and installers.
By Alejandro López, 26 May 2015
The result reflects popular opposition to the austerity policies pursued by both the Popular Party and the Socialist Party.
By Paul Mitchell, 20 May 2015
Podemos’ earlier rapid rise was a sign of the volatile political situation and the collapse in support for the Popular Party and the Socialist Party.
By Alejandro López, 12 May 2015
The Declaration of Panama, signed by former Spanish prime ministers González and Aznar, echoes the line emanating from Washington.
By Alexander Fangmann, 11 May 2015
Conditions for the working class are more grim by the day, as the government of Nicolás Maduro prepares for crackdowns.
By James Lerner, 5 May 2015
More than 3.5 million jobs had been eliminated in Spain between 2008 and 2013.
By Alejandro López, 30 April 2015
Newly published police reports prepared in 1965 under Franco’s fascist regime confirm that García Lorca was executed by fascist forces in the summer of 1936.
By Vicky Short and Alejandro Lopez, 21 March 2015
The combined vote of the PSOE and PP has fallen to less than 40 percent, compared to 80 percent in 2009.
By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López, 20 March 2015
Syriza’s record in power shows what a Podemos government in Spain would be: a tool of imperialism, working with openly right-wing forces to attack the working class.
By Vicky Short and Alejandro López, 11 February 2015
The National Security Law has all the hallmarks of the law introduced by the leader of the fascist regime, Francisco Franco, in 1969.
By Alejandro López, 3 February 2015
The speech at the rally by Pablo Iglesias gives the lie to any claim that Podemos is a threat to the Spanish ruling class.
By Alejandro López, 26 January 2015
The calling of early elections comes as the Catalan parliament discusses its 2015 budget, which will impose further austerity measures on the region.
By Alejandro López, 17 January 2015
In attempting to force through anti-democratic measures, the Spanish government has been aided and abetted by the media, which is whipping up an Islamophobic atmosphere.
By Alejandro López, 22 December 2014
The aim of Spain’s Citizens Security Law is to prevent demonstrations organised outside of the control of the main parties and union bureaucracies.
By Paul Mitchell, 18 December 2014
The statement by Planning Minister Santi Vila is confirmation of the warnings made by the World Socialist Web Site of the politically criminal role played by the pseudo-left.
By Alejandro López, 9 December 2014
Podemos is pledging to the financial elite that any government in which it plays a part will not mount a genuine challenge to their interests.
By Carlos Hernández, 3 December 2014
The scandals have revealed the criminality at the heart of the country’s now shipwrecked economic boom.
By Alfie Cook and Alejandro López, 17 November 2014
The new military programme includes the purchase of five Frigate F-110 anti-submarine warships designed for high intensity combat missions.
By Paul Mitchell, 11 November 2014
Turnout for a poll that was heralded as decisive for the future of Catalonia was just 37 percent.
By Alejandro López, 7 November 2014
Madrid has sent 500 anti-riot police of the infamous police intervention units and around 800 intervention units of the militarized police, the Civil Guards, to Catalonia.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 6 November 2014
The polling success for Podemos is a sign of the volatile political situation in Spain and the collapse of support for the establishment parties.
By Alfie Cook, 18 October 2014
Madrid’s Complutense University is hosting an exhibition, “The Tragedy of Odessa,” detailing the attack by Ukrainian fascists on the trade union building in the city, which killed 42 people.
By Kelly Taylor, 16 October 2014
Last Friday, nurses protested against the risks they face in treating Ebola patients.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 15 October 2014
The task of the pseudo-left groups is to advise the Catalan bourgeoisie on how to market separatism to the working class.
By Alejandro Lopez, 6 October 2014
While powerful forces in Madrid oppose the referendum, the Catalan authorities in Barcelona who have called for it cannot easily back down.
By Paul Mitchell, 4 October 2014
The 12 judges unanimously agreed to an appeal lodged by Spain’s Popular Party government against the referendum.
By Alejandro López, 29 September 2014
The deputy prime minister held a press conference where she reiterated that Madrid would not allow the referendum to take place
By Vicky Short, 22 September 2014
Four days before his death on September 10, Emilio Botín invited Spanish journalists to a dinner at which he revealed his fears about the “radicalisation” of Spain.
By Alejandro López, 18 September 2014
Pseudo-left organizations in Catalonia are attempting to provide a progressive fig-leaf to a reactionary nationalist movement.
By Paul Mitchell, 15 September 2014
Despite its conflict with the Popular Party government over the control of resources, the Catalan government is in total agreement that the working class must pay for the economic crisis.
By Alejandro López, 12 September 2014
The separatists in Catalonia and Scotland invoke a false historical narrative that depicts each region as an oppressed nation.
By Alejandro López, 21 August 2014
The coming together of these two groups demonstrates that they share the same social base and right-wing program.
By Alejandro López, 18 August 2014
Four mass graves have been uncovered containing up to 400 victims of the fascists during the Spanish Civil War.
By Alejandro López, 21 July 2014
Podemos aims to occupy the vacuum left by the collapse of the establishment parties to prevent growing social opposition from developing into a conscious political movement threatening capitalism.
By Alejandro López, 4 June 2014
The new king Felipe will be crowned on June 18 as Spain faces the worst economic crisis since the 1930s.
By Alejandro López, 30 May 2014
The ruling right-wing Popular Party (PP) and the opposition Socialist Party (PSOE) both had their worst results since the first elections in post-Franco Spain.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 29 May 2014
The Spanish government’s response to intensifying social despair and anger is to “cleanse” the Internet.
By Paul Mitchell and Alejandro López, 5 May 2014
The Communist Party (PCE)-led United Left (IU) has reaffirmed its commitment to the coalition government with the Socialist Party (PSOE) in the Spanish region of Andalucía.
By Alejandro López, 1 May 2014
This is the conclusion of a two-part comment on the formation of a new party, Podemos, by the pseudo-left in Spain.
By Alejandro López, 30 April 2014
This is the first of a two-part comment on the formation of a new party, Podemos, by the pseudo-left in Spain.
By Alejandro López, 22 April 2014
The Spanish Popular Party government and the main opposition Socialist Party have rejected the request by the Catalan regional parliament to hold an independence referendum on November 9.
By Alejandro López, 15 April 2014
Madrid is escalating its attacks on democratic rights in response to widespread opposition to the social catastrophe produced by its austerity measures.
Losing the Human Form: A seismic image of the 1980s in Latin America
By Armando Cruz, 10 April 2014
The exhibition, presented in Madrid in 2012 and recently in Lima, Peru, is a fascinating compilation of works from the 1980s that voiced opposition to the militarized regimes in Latin America.
By Alejandro López, 26 March 2014
Among the proposals from nine Spanish academics is a nearly 10 percent reduction in income tax on the richest sections of the population.
By Alejandro López, 24 March 2014
A mass demonstration on Saturday in the Spanish capital Madrid protested growing austerity, evictions, unemployment and poverty.
By Alejandro López, 13 March 2014
As the result of a new Spanish law, dozens of investigations will be dropped into crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide and torture.
By Vicky Short, 25 February 2014
Although VOX’s manifesto contains some populist calls, the real message is reminiscent of Franco’s motto, “Spain One Great and Free.”
By Alejandro López, 22 February 2014
Fourteen migrant workers from sub-Saharan Africa died attempting to swim around the security fence surrounding the Spanish enclave and port-city of Ceuta in North Africa.
By Carlos Hernández and Alejandro López, 19 February 2014
Evictions have provoked widespread protests in defence of those unable to pay their rents or caught in the mortgage trap.
By Alejandro López, 3 February 2014
Daily protests have been taking place across Spain since the reactionary draft law on abortion was passed in late December.
By Alejandro López, 30 January 2014
With over half of the Spanish people now favouring the abdication of Spanish king Juan Carlos, the legitimacy of a pillar of capitalist rule is crumbling.
By Vicky Short and Paul Mitchell, 20 January 2014
Two hundred plaintiffs and their lawyers have been forced to fly to Argentina to give evidence in a lawsuit seeking an investigation of torture, executions and abductions.
By Alejandro López, 18 January 2014
The unrest in Burgos is a foretaste of the next period under Spain’s explosive social conditions of mass unemployment and growing poverty.
By Alejandro López, 28 December 2013
With the new legislation, the Popular Party has accepted yet another demand of the Catholic hierarchy.
By Alejandro López, 27 December 2013
The growth of Catalan nationalist sentiment is the result of the betrayals carried out by the Spanish trade unions, with the support of the pseudo-left parties, of repeated attempts by the working class to oppose austerity.
By Alejandro López, 17 December 2013
Since the end of the Franco dictatorship in Spain, not one Francoist official has been held responsible for the executions, torture, forced disappearances and abduction of babies that occurred under the fascist regime.
By Alejandro López, 30 November 2013
The anti-protest law is an attempt to criminalise political dissent.
By Vicky Short, 29 November 2013
The 11.6 kilometre razor-wire fence separating Spain’s port of Melilla from the rest of Morocco was originally removed in 2007, after scores of people suffered horrific injuries trying to climb over it.
By Alejandro López and Carlos Hernández, 26 November 2013
The collapse of the Fagor cooperative demonstrates that such organisations are not an alternative to capitalism, as their promoters proclaim.
By Alejandro López, 20 November 2013
The unions have ended a bitter strike by refuse workers in Madrid, signing a concessions agreement.
By Alejandro López, 14 November 2013
Thousands of garbage collectors and gardeners have been on indefinite strike in Spain's capital Madrid since November 5.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 26 October 2013
Spain’s largest bakery, Panrico, is preparing to sack nearly 50 percent of its 4,000 employees and cut wages by 30 percent, with the collusion of the trade unions.
By Alejandro López, 22 October 2013
Argentinian judge María Romilda Servini de Cubría has issued arrest warrants for four former Spanish fascists from the regime of dictator General Francisco Franco.
By Carlos Hernández, 12 October 2013
The court orders point to a possible crime of “imprudence” for the “omission of cautionary elements” in the railway’s safety systems.
By Alejandro López, 30 September 2013
The ability of the Popular Party government to impose new attacks on civil servants and pensions, is entirely due to the collaboration of the trade unions.
By Paul Mitchell, 26 September 2013
Increasing numbers of companies and individuals are failing to keep up with payments on their loans and mortgages.
By Alejandro López, 23 September 2013
The efforts by Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE) to whip up support for US-led threats against Syria is aimed at distracting public attention from the social catastrophe for which it is responsible.
By Alejandro López, 28 August 2013
Due to deepening austerity measures, over a quarter of the Spanish population under 16—some 2.3 million children—are now at risk of malnutrition.
By Paul Mitchell, 14 August 2013
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said his government would “take the necessary measures to defend the interests of Spanish citizens.”
By Alejandro López, 9 August 2013
The International Monetary Fund calls for a deepening of austerity in Spain, including an accord with the trade unions to lower wages even further.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 3 August 2013
Spanish shipbuilding workers face mass unemployment under an illegal scheme of shipyard owners.
By Alejandro López, 29 July 2013
The accepted legal position that someone is innocent until proven guilty has been all but brushed aside.
By Paul Mitchell, 26 July 2013
At least 80 people were killed and 140 injured Wednesday in Spain’s worst train crash in 40 years. The tragedy follows major cuts to the rail service, ahead of further major deregulation.
By Alejandro López, 23 July 2013
Secret hand-written ledgers covering the period 1990 to 2008 detail more than 30 donations to the ruling Popular Party that were illegal.
By Alejandro López, 19 July 2013
Since the global economic crisis erupted in 2008 state revenue in Spain has slumped by nearly €200 billion.
By Carlos Hernández, 13 July 2013
The multi-millionaire former treasurer of Spain’s ruling Popular Party, Luis Bárcenas, has been refused bail and remanded in custody pending trial on charges of corruption and tax evasion.
By Alejandro López, 4 July 2013
Soon after it was placed in the UCM’s gardens, the monument was daubed with graffiti calling the volunteers “murderers”.
By Franci Vier, 3 July 2013
Following the passage of trade union-agreed labour reforms, making it easier for companies to sack Spanish workers, mass sackings are on the increase.
By Vicky Short, 26 June 2013
The Spanish trade unions and opposition Socialist Party are collaborating with the Popular Party government in the destruction of the pension rights of millions of workers.
By Alejandro López, 22 June 2013
The Bank of Spain has called for the elimination of the minimum wage, more flexibility in the labour market and other attacks on the working class.
By Alejandro López, 4 June 2013
The right-wing Popular Party government is seeking to reform abortion laws, returning them to a state similar to that which existed under the fascist regime of General Franco.