Spain

Spanish ruling elite lays out imperialist ambitions in new National Security Strategy

By James Lerner and Alejandro López, 11 December 2017

Spain is currently involved in no fewer than 19 military operations on four continents under the aegis of one imperialist alliance or another.

Catalan election campaign begins amid Popular Party government repression

By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 6 December 2017

The common concerns of workers and youth, Spanish and Catalan, have been buried under an avalanche of divisive nationalist rhetoric.

Spain accuses Russia of interference in the Catalan crisis

By Alejandro López, 29 November 2017

In the space of just two months, El Pais has published 47 articles linking Russia to the Catalan crisis, five of which are editorials.

Leader of Barcelona terror attack was Spanish intelligence informant

By Alex Lantier, 20 November 2017

The terrorist leader was apparently an “old acquaintance” of the security forces, who protected him due to his ties to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

Canada backs Spain’s crackdown on Catalan independence referendum

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 18 November 2017

The Trudeau government’s support for Spain’s suppression of the Catalan independence referendum makes clear it would be ready to use similar methods to uphold the integrity of the Canadian state.

Scottish National Party backs European Union over Catalonia

By Steve James, 14 November 2017

The SNP has avoided any criticism of EU support for the brutal crackdown by the Spanish government against the Catalan national movement.

Tens of thousands protest in Catalonia against moves towards authoritarian rule in Spain

By Alex Lantier, 9 November 2017

Tens of thousands of people protested yesterday in Catalonia against the detention of Catalan nationalist politicians as political prisoners by Madrid.

Deposed Catalan premier hands himself in to Belgian police

By Alex Lantier, 6 November 2017

Criticisms of Spain’s handling of the Catalan crisis from within European ruling circles reflect concerns that Madrid’s actions could provoke explosive popular opposition.

Spanish army threatens to intervene in Catalonia as ministers are jailed

By Paul Mitchell and Alex Lantier, 3 November 2017

According to the chief of the Spanish army, his plans to intervene in Catalonia are part of similar planning by the NATO countries across Europe.

Catalan, Spanish workers face grave dangers from Madrid’s repression

By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 2 November 2017

The attempt by Madrid and the EU to impose a dictatorial regime, whether or not this is sanctioned by imposed elections, must be opposed by the entire Spanish and Catalan working class.

Catalan premier appeals to EU as opposition mounts to Madrid’s crackdown

By Alex Lantier, 1 November 2017

Puigdemont asked the EU to broker a deal between the Spanish government and the Catalan authorities based on the December 21 election imposed on Catalonia by Madrid.

EU backs Madrid’s imposition of authoritarian regime in Catalonia

By Francis Dubois, 31 October 2017

Fearing the eruption of mass struggles against austerity, the European financial oligarchy is backing the imposition of an authoritarian regime in Catalonia.

Catalan Premier Puigdemont flees to Belgium as Spain asserts direct rule over Catalonia

By Alejandro López, 30 October 2017

The Catalan nationalist parties are bitterly hostile to a political intervention in the crisis by the working class.

Spain imposes military rule in Catalonia to preempt independence bid

By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López, 28 October 2017

The Senate vote marks a historic collapse of democratic forms of rule in Western Europe and a return to authoritarianism, posing an urgent threat to the working class.

As protests mount against Madrid, Catalan parliament declares independence

By Alejandro López, 28 October 2017

The Catalan regional parliament on Friday voted a resolution for independence from Spain and the start of a “constituent process” to draft a new constitution.

Madrid's talks with Catalan premier collapse as Spain threatens military rule

By Alejandro López, 27 October 2017

Carles Puigdemont withdrew an offer to hold snap elections in Catalonia after Madrid reportedly refused to free Catalan political prisoners.

Catalonia announces plan for independence as Madrid threatens military rule

By Alejandro López, 26 October 2017

Madrid’s turn toward military dictatorship in Catalonia and across Spain is intended to strangle popular opposition to the European Union and the banks.

Catalan government in turmoil over Spain’s suppression of autonomy

By Paul Mitchell, 24 October 2017

The anti-democratic measures imposed under Article 155 are leading to a violent conflict with the Catalan population.

Move to Spanish military rule in Catalonia exposes bankruptcy of Podemos

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 24 October 2017

Despite winning 5 million votes, Podemos neither wanted nor sought to mobilize opposition to the turn to authoritarian rule by Madrid, backed by the European Union.

Spain annuls Catalan self-government, prepares military rule from Madrid

By Alex Lantier, 23 October 2017

Madrid’s claim, supported explicitly by the EU, that military rule is the only possible response to the Catalan independence referendum is an absurd lie, drenched in imperialist hypocrisy.

EU summit endorses Spain’s threat of police-military occupation of Catalonia

By Alex Lantier, 21 October 2017

EU heads of state applauded Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy’s moves to impose dictatorial rule in Catalonia because they are preparing similar attacks on the working class across Europe.

Spanish Socialist Party demands new elections in Catalonia

By Paul Mitchell, 21 October 2017

The Spanish Socialist Party is working closely with Spain’s right-wing government to extra-legally oust the current regional government in Catalonia.

Spanish government vows to impose military-backed regime in Catalonia

By Alex Lantier, 20 October 2017

Spanish ministers will meet tomorrow to prepare to invoke Article 155 and suspend Catalan regional self-rule after the region's October 1 independence referendum.

200,000 protest jailing of Catalonian nationalist leaders in Barcelona

By Paul Mitchell, 19 October 2017

The jailing of Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart marks the first incarceration of Spanish political prisoners since the end of the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco.

Jailing of separatist leaders sparks protest demonstrations in Catalonia

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 18 October 2017

The High Court ruling is an indication of the dictatorial measures the Spanish Popular Party regime is prepared to carry out.

Madrid rejects Puigdemont’s call for talks in Catalan referendum crisis

By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López, 17 October 2017

With Spanish military forces and thousands of police preparing for action, Spain is teetering on the brink of martial law and a bloody crackdown in Catalonia.

Deadline looms for Catalonia to confirm or deny independence declaration

By Alejandro López, 16 October 2017

The secessionists led by Catalonia’s regional premier Carles Puigdemont have spent the past week seeking to strike a deal with Madrid, but no deal is on offer.

Threatening crackdown in Catalonia, Madrid whips up nationalism at military parade

By Alejandro López, 13 October 2017

Signaling its tacit support for bloody repression in Catalonia, the pseudo-left Podemos party for the first time sent representatives to the military parade for National Day.

Spain moves toward military rule in Catalonia

By Alex Lantier, 12 October 2017

As the Spanish army prepared to deploy armored units to Catalonia, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced plans to suspend the Catalan regional government.

Podemos’ call for dialogue on Catalonia: A political trap with deadly consequences

By Paul Mitchell, 12 October 2017

With calls for ‘patriotism’ and national unity, the pseudo-left Podemos is seeking recognition as a potential saviour of Spanish capitalism at a time of acute crisis.

Catalan premier affirms right to independence from Spain, but delays formal declaration

By Alex Lantier, 11 October 2017

Regional premier Carles Puigdemont delivered his speech amid an unfolding Spanish military and police intervention into Catalonia and the looming threat of a bloody crackdown.

Spain's Popular Party threatens repression if Catalan authorities declare independence

By Alejandro López, 10 October 2017

Popular Party leaders warned Monday that national police and civil guards are ready to halt any unilateral declaration in the Catalan parliament.

As Spanish crackdown looms, France’s New Anti-capitalist Party promotes Catalan nationalism

By Alex Lantier, 10 October 2017

Rather than advance a principled policy to unite the Spanish and Catalan working class against Spanish state repression, the Pabloite New Anti-capitalist Party is lining up behind the Catalan bourgeoisie.

As crackdown looms in Catalonia, Spain’s Popular Party calls protest in Barcelona

By Alejandro López, 9 October 2017

The Catalan separatists are despised in broad sections of the working class for their austerity policies, which have seen major cuts in social expenditure.

Madrid prepares to deploy troops in Catalonia

By Alejandro López, 7 October 2017

Spain’s political establishment is openly talking of invoking Article 116 of the Spanish constitution, laying the basis for the imposition of martial law.

German government backs Spain’s violent crackdown on Catalonia

By Peter Schwarz, 7 October 2017

The German government has backed Madrid’s suppression of the Catalonian independence referendum because it, too, is preparing to crack down on social and political opposition at home.

Spain prepares military crackdown in Catalonia

By Alex Lantier, 6 October 2017

The European Union is supporting Madrid's plans for a bloody military-police intervention in Catalonia and to impose a state of emergency across Spain.

Amid Catalan crisis, Madrid prepares military rule across Spain

By Alejandro López, 6 October 2017

Voices in the Spanish press are calling for imposing various states of emergency that would suspend basic democratic rights and hand power to the army.

Spanish government sends troops to Catalonia

By Paul Mitchell, 5 October 2017

The Ministry of Defense has dispatched army units to support the Civil Guard and national police in a possible further crackdown on the Catalonian population.

After Madrid’s violent crackdown:

An independent class strategy for the Spanish and Catalan working class!

By Keith Jones, 5 October 2017

A struggle to rally workers and youth to an internationalist orientation can only be waged in uncompromising opposition to the violence unleashed by the Madrid government.

Defenders of imperialist “human rights” hail Spanish government’s crackdown in Catalonia

By Chris Marsden, 4 October 2017

The United States and the EU leapt to the defence of the Spanish government as it sent police to savagely beat and arrest anyone who dared to exercise their fundamental right to vote.

Spanish king demands new crackdown in Catalonia

By Alex Lantier, 4 October 2017

An open intervention by the Spanish king into public affairs is without precedent since the 1981 coup attempt in Spain.

Hundreds of thousands protest Madrid’s repression in Catalonia

By Alejandro López, 4 October 2017

Demonstrations took place in cities across Catalonia amid a “national work stoppage” backed by Catalan business groups, separatist parties, and trade unions.

EU hands Spain blank check for stepped-up police repression in Catalonia

By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López, 3 October 2017

After the mass repression in Catalonia Sunday, the European Commission issued a statement formally endorsing Madrid's handling of the Catalan independence crisis.

Millions defy brutal crackdown by Spanish police to vote in Catalan referendum

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 2 October 2017

The Popular Party government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy sent some 16,000 police to Catalonia to shut down polling stations, seize ballot boxes and attack voters.

Oppose the state crackdown on the Catalan independence referendum!

For working class unity! No to separatism in Spain!

Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, 30 September 2017

On the eve of the October 1 independence referendum in Catalonia, Spain is in the throes of its deepest political crisis since the fall of the fascist Franco regime.

Catalan secession crisis: Alongside Rajoy, Trump calls for a united Spain

By Paul Mitchell, 29 September 2017

The American ruling elite, like its European counterparts, are concerned the tensions between Madrid and Barcelona are provoking an explosive situation.

Spain’s crackdown on the Catalan secessionist referendum: Podemos looks for its “Syriza moment”

By Alejandro López, 29 September 2017

Podemos is presenting itself as the only alternative able to resolve the Catalan secessionist crisis without sparking social opposition.

Poverty, inequality on the rise in Spain as independence vote looms

By James Lerner, 26 September 2017

The growth in poverty and inequality is the intended product of the policies of the Spanish, Catalan, and European bourgeoisie.

Spanish government dispatches police reinforcements to Catalonia

By Paul Mitchell, 23 September 2017

Demonstrations continued in Catalonia yesterday as Madrid reinforced its police presence in the Eastern region.

Barcelona dockworkers boycott Spanish police ships sent against Catalan referendum

By Alejandro López, 22 September 2017

Dockworkers in Catalonia’s two main ports, Barcelona and Tarragona, are refusing supply services to vessels carrying riot police and paramilitary Civil Guard units.

Spanish police raid Catalan government buildings, arrest officials

By Paul Mitchell, 21 September 2017

Powerful sections of the Spanish ruling class are demanding that the Popular Party government crack down harder to block the October 1 Catalan independence referendum.

Spain threatens potential military takeover of Catalonia as referendum looms

By Alejandro López, 18 September 2017

Madrid’s inflammatory language and actions recall the thuggery of the Francoist dictatorship that ruled Spain from 1939 to 1978.

Spain suspends Catalan independence law, escalating conflict with separatists

By Alejandro Lopez, 15 September 2017

With the crisis over the Catalan independence referendum, the Spanish state system as it emerged from the post-1978 transition from fascist rule is collapsing.

Hundreds of thousands march in Catalonia as Madrid aims to block independence referendum

By Paul Mitchell, 12 September 2017

The march came amid an explosive political crisis in Spain, as Madrid mobilizes police and the courts to try to block the independence referendum.

Anger at war, government complicity with terrorism erupts at Barcelona march

By Alex Lantier, 28 August 2017

Protesters booed the King and denounced Spanish arms sales to the Middle East for aiding the Islamic State, which organized the August 17 Barcelona attack.

Terrorists’ visit to France points to state foreknowledge of Barcelona attack

By Kumaran Ira, 28 August 2017

The Islamic State terror cell in Barcelona was under close surveillance by multiple intelligence services in France, the United States, and Belgium.

Podemos joins Spanish Socialist Party in regional coalition

By Paul Mitchell and Alejandro López, 24 August 2017

Podemos is now indistinguishable from the PSOE in its pursuit of power in bourgeois institutions on a pro-capitalist programme and an imperialist foreign policy.

Spain deploys police as interior minister claims Barcelona terror cell dismantled

By Alejandro López, 21 August 2017

It is not credible to claim that the forces that organized the attack escaped the attention of the intelligence services.

Rajoy threatens to deploy army inside Spain after Barcelona attack

By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López, 19 August 2017

This would be the first time that the army was deployed inside Spain since the country was ruled by the fascist regime of Francisco Franco.

Thirteen dead, over 80 injured in Islamic State attack in Barcelona, Spain

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 18 August 2017

Coordinated attacks apparently took place in several cities, and large-scale operations by police special forces were unfolding early this morning across Catalonia.

Pseudo-left Popular Unity Candidacy campaigns for Catalan separatism

By Alejandro López, 17 August 2017

Last week, the Catalan pseudo-left separatist Popular Unity Candidacy launched its campaign for the referendum on Catalan independence from Spain planned for October 1.

Barcelona airport security workers defy strike-breaking by paramilitary police

By Alejandro Lopez, 14 August 2017

Workers voted to reject demands from the regional government to end the strike despite the threat of intervention by the Guardia Civil.

Rescue Under Fire (Zona hostil): Propaganda in the service of Spanish militarism

By Alejandro López, 14 August 2017

The glorification of the military is a response to the growing inter-imperialist tensions and the drive to war, which have been intensified by the installation of an aggressively nationalist and protectionist administration in the US.

Catalan independence referendum sparks growing concerns in Europe

By Alejandro López, 11 August 2017

On both sides of the Atlantic, sections of the ruling elite fear a confrontation between Barcelona and Madrid could spark a crisis engulfing Spain.

Barcelona train crash injures 56 during nationwide rail strike

By Paul Mitchell, 29 July 2017

The serious accident happened during a one-day strike by Spanish rail workers opposed to attacks on jobs and wages.

Divisions mount in Spain’s Podemos as Catalan independence referendum looms

By Alejandro López, 24 July 2017

From its creation Podemos has been an amalgam of forces with opposing views on regional nationalism.

New York Times backs calls for Catalan independence referendum

By Alejandro López, 6 July 2017

The Times’ main concern is that tensions between Madrid and Barcelona might provoke an explosive situation if Madrid uses repressive measures.

Sánchez re-elected as leader of Spain’s Socialist Party

By Alejandro López, 6 June 2017

As part of an effort to contain growing social discontent, the PSOE reinstated Pedro Sánchez after his ouster in an internal party coup last year.

Ex-Amazon worker in Spain speaks out: “My life has been destroyed by Amazon”

By Eric London, 2 June 2017

Thirty-year-old José Antonio Rueda Bermudez’s horror story shows how Amazon’s temporary workforce is exploited and abandoned by the corporate giant.

Sánchez aims to save Spain’s Socialist Party from collapse

By Alejandro López, 17 May 2017

The faction backing Sánchez represents sections of the ruling class seeking to preserve the PSOE from being destroyed, like its social democratic counterparts in Greece and France.

Podemos no-confidence vote in Rajoy aimed at preserving bourgeois rule in Spain

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 10 May 2017

The pseudo-left party Podemos is exploiting another scandal to divert popular anger into an appeal to the capitalist state to clean up its act, and to bolster illusions in the PSOE.

Leadership contest begins in Spain’s Socialist Party

By Alejandro López, 3 May 2017

Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE) has announced the primary election for the party’s general secretary will be held on May 21.

Spain: Architect of 1936 Franco uprising reinterred with full military honours

By Alejandro López, 26 April 2017

While the army, the Church and the PP call on the victims of fascism to forget and move on, they secretly glorify and pay homage to the fascist coup plotters.

Small turnouts for Podemos-led demonstrations in Spain

By Alejandro López, 11 April 2017

The pseudo-left party has come into ever more open conflict with the working class and youth, even as it steadily acquires lucrative positions in the capitalist state.

Spanish ruling class closes ranks behind Washington’s attack on Syria

By Alejandro López, 10 April 2017

Spanish social democrats and their political and media allies are now lining up behind the Trump administration after it began bombing Syria.

Aggressive claims by Spain helped provoke Gibraltar flare-up with Britain

By Alejandro López, 6 April 2017

Sections of the Spanish ruling class have calculated that Brexit offers Spain an opportunity not only to reclaim Gibraltar but also to possibly become Washington’s new strategic ally in Europe.

Former UK Conservative Party leader Howard threatens war with Spain over Gibraltar

By Julie Hyland, 3 April 2017

Britain’s sabre-rattling over the strategic territory expresses the centrifugal national forces tearing apart the European and global geopolitical order.

Pseudo-left cover for dockworkers’ defeat in Spain

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 1 April 2017

A key role in covering up this treachery of the trade union bureaucracy was played by the pseudo-left groups, which intervened to prevent any independent mobilization of the dockworkers.

Spanish dockworkers’ unions accept wage cuts and job losses

By Alejandro López, 25 March 2017

The CETM trade union prevented the mobilization of the full force of the dockworkers which could have paralyzed the Spanish economy.

Spanish port workers prepare national strike against EU reforms

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 27 February 2017

Spanish port workers unions have called nine days of strikes starting on March 6, as anger builds among workers against the Popular Party government’s port liberalization decree.

Spanish dockworkers threaten to strike

By Alejandro López, 24 February 2017

Dockers are facing a savage attack on their working conditions by the Popular Party-led government, port companies and the European Union.

Huge demonstration in Barcelona in defence of refugees and open borders

By Alejandro López, 20 February 2017

The EU’s anti-migrant policies led to the deaths of at least 4,500 people last year, most of whom drowned crossing the Mediterranean in small, overcrowded boats.

Pablo Iglesias re-elected as Podemos general secretary at Vistalegre II congress

By Alejandro López, 13 February 2017

Pablo Iglesias won the internal leadership contest yesterday, amid a bitter faction fight pitting his supporters against those of former Political Secretary Íñigo Errejón.

Spain’s Podemos party on verge of split before Vistalegre II congress

By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López, 11 February 2017

The conflicts inside Podemos reflect the bankruptcy of that party’s populist, nationalist and pro-capitalist politics and its rapid turn to the right.

What is behind Podemos’ international “anti-fascist conference” in Spain?

By Alejandro López, 11 February 2017

Podemos has itself legitimized the deepening integration of far-right forces into mainstream European bourgeois politics, by hailing nationalism as progressive.

Divisions widen in Spanish ruling class over relations with US

By Alejandro López, 3 February 2017

Spain must come to terms with the fact that the new Trump administration is repudiating its previous role as the overseer of European integration.

Divisions widen in Spanish ruling class over relations with US

By Alejandro López, 2 February 2017

Spain must come to terms with the fact that the new Trump administration is repudiating its previous role as the overseer of European integration.

Spanish media promote Anticapitalistas’ and Podemos’ “back to the streets” campaign

By Alejandro López, 4 January 2017

The aim of the campaign is to trap escalating social anger behind Podemos and block the emergence of a politically independent struggle of the working class for socialism.

Spain’s Podemos aims to derail social anger through “back to the streets” campaign

By Alejandro López, 14 December 2016

If they are going “back” to the streets, it is because Podemos and the Spanish trade unions have held no significant protests for years, despite draconian austerity.

Putsch in Socialist Party exposes breakdown of Spanish democracy

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 30 November 2016

The putsch in the PSOE led to the installation of an unpopular right-wing government.

New Spanish government makes austerity budget its first task

By Paul Mitchell, 7 November 2016

The European Union is insisting on a further €5.5 billion in cuts on top of those previously imposed by Spanish governments over the last decade.

After installation of Popular Party government

Podemos, pseudo-left prepare for political power in Spain

By Alejandro López, 25 October 2016

Faced with a weak right-wing government backed by the social democrats, Podemos is grooming itself to take power in order to continue the attacks on workers.

Podemos prepares to become the official bourgeois opposition in Spain

By Alejandro López, 15 October 2016

As the social democrats openly back the formation of a right-wing government, Podemos is signalling that it is also prepared to implement drastic austerity.

Spanish Socialist Party coup exposes Podemos

By Paul Mitchell and Alex Lantier, 4 October 2016

Podemos’ perspective was to form a government with the Socialist Party, which is now working to bring a right-wing government to power in Spain.

Spanish Socialist Party leader resigns to allow formation of right-wing government

By Alejandro López, 3 October 2016

The success of the inner-party putsch against Pedro Sánchez underscores how the ruling class uses parties like the Socialist Party (PSOE) to impose unpopular policies.

Adam Hochschild’s Spain in Our Hearts: A deeply felt work on the Spanish Civil War marred by its perspective

By Emanuele Saccarelli, 3 October 2016

Hochschild is the well-known author of several books on wide-ranging and important topics, including the brutality of Belgian colonialism in the Congo (King Leopold’s Ghost).

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.