Spain

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.

Spain: United Left and Podemos seek to join forces

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.

Mass graves from Spain’s civil war uncovered

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.

Spain: Pseudo-left Podemos party presents “a programme for the country’s salvation”

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.

Spanish King Juan Carlos abdicates amid growing unpopularity of the monarchy

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.

Spain’s major parties hammered in European elections

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.

Shooting of Spanish politician used to justify Internet crackdown

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.

Spain: United Left ends differences with PSOE in Andalucía coalition

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.

Spain’s new Podemos party a political fraud—Part two

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.

Spain’s new Podemos party a political fraud—Part one

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.

Spanish Congress rejects Catalan independence referendum

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.

Spanish government attacks democratic rights

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.

Artistic resistance to the US-backed juntas

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.

Academic experts advise Spanish government to escalate attacks on the working class

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.

Spain: One million march in Madrid against austerity

By Alejandro López, 24 March 2014

A mass demonstration on Saturday in the Spanish capital Madrid protested growing austerity, evictions, unemployment and poverty.

Spanish government abolishes prosecutions under universal jurisdiction laws

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.

New far-right party VOX launched in Spain

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.”

Spanish authorities lie about African migrant drownings

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.

Hundreds of thousands evicted in Spain since 2008 crash

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.

Mass protests in Madrid against new abortion reform

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.