Spain

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.

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.