Spain

Push to install right-wing Spanish government splits Socialist Party

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 30 September 2016

On Wednesday, half of the Spanish Socialist Party’s Federal Executive resigned, launching an inner-party putsch aiming to force the installation of a right-wing government.

Spain: Pseudo-left CUP reverses opposition to Catalan austerity government

By James Lerner, 14 September 2016

Nationalist demagogy conceals the real aim of the Catalan independence project: to create a mini-capitalist state offering cheap labor and low taxes to foreign investors.

The reasons behind the failure to form a government in Spain

By Alejandro López, 10 September 2016

The failure to form a government is not based on deep political differences, as all the contending parties are committed to austerity, the EU and NATO.

Spanish economic recovery through savaging workers’ living standards

By James Lerner, 9 September 2016

Millions have been plunged into poverty as the wealth of the elite has soared.

Third election looms as Spanish right fails to form a government

By Alejandro López, 1 September 2016

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy failed to receive the necessary 176 votes in the 350-seat parliament.

Spain’s public debt reaches record levels

By Alejandro López, 31 August 2016

All the major parties—Popular Party, Socialist Party, Citizens and the pseudo-left Podemos—are committed to upholding the payment of the debt.

Spain: Pseudo-left Barcelona mayor persecutes migrant street vendors

By James Lerner, 25 August 2016

Under the Ada Colau administration, some 34,473 fines were levied against migrant and refugee street vendors in the first six months of 2016.

Spain: Pseudo-left concedes to right wing over street name changes

By Alejandro López, 20 August 2016

The Stalinists, Socialist Party and the pseudo-left have strengthened the right’s efforts to rehabilitate Franco and his fascist regime.

Spain faces third general election in one year

By James Lerner, 18 August 2016

The Socialist Party (PSOE) is being called on by the media and other political parties to abstain in order to allow a minority Popular Party (PP) government to be formed.

Spain: Catalan regional parliament votes next steps to independence

By Alejandro López, 3 August 2016

The independence vote has deepened the political crisis in Spain, which has now been without a government for eight months.

Threat of third election looms in Spain

By Alejandro López, 29 July 2016

The situation in Spain is symptomatic of the crisis of the traditional bourgeois political system in Europe following the eruption of the 2008 global economic crisis.

EU demands more austerity after Spain and Portugal fail to cut deficits

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 19 July 2016

The EU’s unprecedented call for billions of euros in fines comes amid a major banking crisis in Italy and the Brexit crisis.

Podemos fractures after poor Spanish election result

By James Lerner and Paul Mitchell, 14 July 2016

Podemos’ poor election result reflects growing alienation from this pro-capitalist party, which repeatedly reassured the ruling class that it would protect their interests.

Spanish interior minister used state apparatus to topple opponents

By James Lerner, 30 June 2016

The “Fernándezgate” recordings, which show Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz conspiring against political opponents, expose the disintegration of democratic forms of rule in Spain.

Amid mass abstention, right-wing PP wins Spanish elections

By Alejandro López, 27 June 2016

The result is particularly humiliating for the Unidos Podemos led by Pablo Iglesias, the coalition put together by the Stalinist-led United Left and Podemos.

Spain’s elections intensify crisis of bourgeois rule

By Alejandro López, 25 June 2016

Whatever unstable coalition of parties could emerge after the June 26 elections, it will be deeply hostile to the growing militancy in the European working class.

Unidos Podemos pulls ahead of Socialist Party in Spanish election campaign

By Alejandro López, 18 June 2016

The latest polls confirm the historic breakdown of the two party-system that has dominated Spanish politics since the end of the fascist dictatorship.

All parties in Spain general election committed to austerity

By James Lerner, 10 June 2016

Unidos Podemos’ programme calls for “renegotiating” the deficit, which is virtually indistinguishable from the programme of the right-wing Citizen’s Party.

Podemos, United Left form alliance for June elections

By Alejandro López, 14 May 2016

The purpose of the alliance is to prevent growing social opposition from developing into a conscious political movement against capitalism.

Second general election called in Spain

By Paul Mitchell, 9 May 2016

Opinion polls indicate that Spain’s ongoing political deadlock will continue.

Podemos pleads with Socialist Party to form a government in Spain

By Paul Mitchell, 22 April 2016

If a power-sharing agreement is not reached by May 2, new elections will be held on June 26.

Spain’s Podemos prepares for coalition talks with Socialist Party, Citizens

By Paul Mitchell, 4 April 2016

Podemos is playing the instrumental role in the possible formation of a PSOE-led government to continue imposing austerity on the workers in Spain.

Podemos helps strengthen “Fortress Europe” against migrants in Spain

By Carlos Hernández and Paul Mitchell, 2 April 2016

Since the Syrian refugee crisis erupted, the Popular Party government has stepped up its attempts to seal the country off from asylum seekers.

After the Brussels attack, Podemos defends “war on terror”

By Alejandro López, 31 March 2016

Podemos General Secretary Pablo Iglesias is falling in line with false arguments that intelligence agencies failed to “connect the dots” to prevent the Brussels attacks.

Spanish officer corps hears lecture justifying Franco coup and dictatorship

By Alejandro López, 22 March 2016

The glorification of a fascist coup is a warning that sections of the army brass have begun contemplating a military intervention into political life.

Spanish youth protest education reforms

By James Lerner, 21 March 2016

The protests targeted the “3+2 Decree,” which increases the amount of unpaid, in-company internship time required in university courses of study.

Podemos enters government talks with Spain’s social democrats, conservatives

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 18 March 2016

The broaching of alliances between Podemos and openly right-wing parties is a warning sign that the ruling class is preparing deep new attacks against the workers.

Attempt to form PSOE-Citizens government coalition in Spain collapses

By Paul Mitchell, 7 March 2016

The social-democrats had appealed for “progressive” forces to support their alliance with the right-wing Citizens party.

Spain: Podemos supports sale of warships to Saudi Arabia

By Alejandro López, 3 March 2016

The pseudo-left parties in Spain have close ties to the armed forces.

Oxfam Report exposes reality of Spain’s “economic recovery”

By James Lerner, 19 February 2016

The 20 richest people in Spain have as much wealth as the bottom 30 percent, while 13.4 million Spaniards are at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

Popular Unity Candidacy votes ensure passage of Catalan austerity budget

By Alejandro López, 18 February 2016

The vote exposes the CUP’s reactionary role and that of all the parties in Spain and internationally that have promoted its false “anti-capitalist” pretensions.

Spain: More arrests and resignations in Popular Party corruption scandals

By Carlos Hernández and Paul Mitchell, 17 February 2016

Corruption is an integral part of political life in Spain, and is by no means limited to the right-wing Popular Party.

Popular Unity Candidacy votes ensure passage of Catalan austerity budget

By Alejandro López, 16 February 2016

The vote exposes the CUP’s reactionary role and that of all the parties in Spain and internationally that have promoted its false “anti-capitalist” pretensions.

Spain’s King calls on Socialist Party to form a government

By Paul Mitchell, 4 February 2016

The Socialist Party is bitterly divided over whether to try to pursue austerity policies through an alliance with Podemos or the right-wing Popular Party.

Podemos pressures Socialist Party to form new government in Spain

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 27 January 2016

Podemos’ maneuvers with pro-austerity Social Democrats exposes the fact that none of the four leading parties speak for working class opposition to austerity and war.

Spain: Podemos ready to form government with Socialist Party

By Alejandro López, 23 January 2016

All of the parties willing to form or back a “left government” have a historical record and programme of supporting austerity and war.

New Catalan premier installed on pro-austerity platform of secession from Spain

By Alejandro López, 12 January 2016

The regional parliament has elected Carles Puigdemont as regional premier for the Together for Yes coalition, with the support of the pseudo-left CUP.

Spain: CUP supports a pro-austerity, separatist Catalan government

By Alejandro López, 12 January 2016

The Popular Unity Candidacy and the pro-austerity separatist parties of the Together for Yes coalition have joined to elect a new Catalan premier.

Podemos considers forming government with Spanish social democrats

By James Lerner and Alejandro López, 11 January 2016

The purpose of such a government, like Syriza in Greece, would be to enforce more unpopular austerity measures on working people and the entire population.

Spain: Elections anticipated after CUP refuses to back Catalan government

By Alejandro López, 6 January 2016

The petty-bourgeois Candidatures of Popular Unity have refused to invest Catalan President Artur Mas, whose party they have backed in parliament.

Post-elections negotiations fail to produce new Spanish government

By Alejandro López, 31 December 2015

The elections produced an unprecedented hung parliament and the collapse of the two-party system that dominated Spanish politics since the end of the Franco dictatorship.

Political issues in the Spanish election crisis

By Alex Lantier, 23 December 2015

Podemos, while posing as a populist opponent of austerity, will prove as hostile to the working class as Syriza in Greece.

Spanish political system in turmoil over hung parliament

By Paul Mitchell, 23 December 2015

Sunday’s elections resulted in a historic collapse of the two-party system that has dominated Spanish politics since the fascist Franco dictatorship fell in 1977.

Hung parliament emerges from Spanish elections as traditional parties collapse

By Alejandro López, 21 December 2015

Initial reports last night all pointed to unprecedented uncertainty over who, if anyone, would be able to form a government in Spain.

After isolating locked-out ATI workers

Steelworkers union prepares to push through concessions contract at US Steel

By Samuel Davidson, 19 December 2015

The United Steelworkers union is moving to impose a concessions contract on workers at US.

Spanish political establishment shifts to right in run-up to general election

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 19 December 2015

While the Podemos and Citizens parties have emerged to rebrand parts of Spain’s discredited ruling establishment, neither speaks to workers’ social aspirations.

Election polls point to breakdown of two-party system in Spain

By James Lerner, 14 December 2015

Growing popular disaffection with Spain’s political establishment is reflected in opinion polls showing as much as 41 percent of the electorate still undecided.

Spain: Podemos seeks to demobilise popular opposition to war

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 12 December 2015

The “Not in Our Name” manifesto signed by leading members of Podemos omits any mention of the imperialist foreign policy of the current Popular Party government and the war-mongering of the Socialist Party.

After Paris attacks, Spain offers to reinforce French troops in Africa

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.

Spain’s Constitutional Court suspends Catalan secession resolution

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.

Spanish government, state attorney move to halt Catalan independence drive

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.

Catalan parliament votes to begin secession from Spain

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.

Podemos recruits former chief of Armed Forces to run in Spanish election

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.

Catalan secessionist resolution provokes political crisis in Spain

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.

Pseudo-left CUP props up pro-austerity separatist government in Catalonia

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.

General elections called in Spain

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.

Catalan separatists secure majority in regional elections

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.

Spain: Pro-secession parties expected to win in Catalan regional election

By James Lerner, 26 September 2015

The “Together for Yes” coalition comprises a collection of bourgeois and petty-bourgeois political forces.

Spain: Corruption charges and police raids ahead of key Catalan elections

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.

Barcelona: Mass pro-independence demonstration on Catalonia’s national day

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.

Spain increases its presence in Africa

By Alejandro López, 3 September 2015

There are currently around 1,000 Spanish soldiers in 10 land, air and naval missions on African soil.

Spain: New National Security Law to come into force before Catalan elections

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.

Former Spanish defence minister admits “pre-coup situation” in 2006

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.

Spain agrees to increased US military presence

By Alejandro López, 26 June 2015

For the Pentagon, use of the Morón and Rota bases is part of the new “Scramble for Africa.”

Spanish telecom workers strike against “precariousness and slave labour”

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.

Spanish telecom strikers: “We have to resist until we achieve something”

By Carlos Hernández, 30 May 2015

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking Spanish Telefónica-Movistar technicians and installers.

Spanish regional elections mark further break-up of two main parties

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.

Spanish elections: Support for Podemos declines amid predicted losses for main parties

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.

Spain lines up behind US-led destabilization campaign against Venezuela

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.

Venezuelan economy continues to deteriorate

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.

Spain: Rebound in employment based on wage cuts and increased job insecurity

By James Lerner, 5 May 2015

More than 3.5 million jobs had been eliminated in Spain between 2008 and 2013.

Documents confirm fascists murdered Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca

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.

Early Andalucía elections mark growing political volatility in Spain

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.

Syriza government’s surrender to the EU in Greece exposes Podemos in Spain

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.

Spanish government prepares new National Security Law

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.

Podemos leader promotes patriotism at mass rally in Madrid

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.

Spain: Regional Catalan president calls early elections

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.

Spanish government uses Paris terror attack to clamp down on democratic rights

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.

Spain passes police state measures

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.

Catalan minister admits independence demand used to divert social unrest

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.

Spain’s Podemos presents its pro-capitalist economic programme

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.

Spain wracked by corruption scandal

By Carlos Hernández, 3 December 2014

The scandals have revealed the criminality at the heart of the country’s now shipwrecked economic boom.

Spain boosts military spending

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.

Catalan independence poll mobilises core nationalist vote

By Paul Mitchell, 11 November 2014

Turnout for a poll that was heralded as decisive for the future of Catalonia was just 37 percent.

Catalan regional government proceeds with alternative referendum despite new suspension

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.

Podemos party tops opinion poll in Spain

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.

Spanish students eject Ukrainian fascist thugs

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.

Who is responsible for the Ebola virus case in Spain?

By Kelly Taylor, 16 October 2014

Last Friday, nurses protested against the risks they face in treating Ebola patients.

Catalan government cancels independence referendum

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.

Tensions rise in Spain over Catalan independence referendum

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.

Spain’s Constitutional Court suspends Catalan independence referendum

By Paul Mitchell, 4 October 2014

The 12 judges unanimously agreed to an appeal lodged by Spain’s Popular Party government against the referendum.

Spain’s government denounces Catalan 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

Spain’s most powerful banker warned of “radicalisation”

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.

Spain: Catalan pseudo-left intensify pro-independence agitation

By Alejandro López, 18 September 2014

Pseudo-left organizations in Catalonia are attempting to provide a progressive fig-leaf to a reactionary nationalist movement.

Demonstration of two million organised by Catalan National Assembly

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.

Spain: Catalan separatist leader declares Scottish vote “an example for us”

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.