By Vicky Short, 25 February 2014
Although VOX’s manifesto contains some populist calls, the real message is reminiscent of Franco’s motto, “Spain One Great and Free.”
By Alejandro López, 22 February 2014
Fourteen migrant workers from sub-Saharan Africa died attempting to swim around the security fence surrounding the Spanish enclave and port-city of Ceuta in North Africa.
By Carlos Hernández and Alejandro López, 19 February 2014
Evictions have provoked widespread protests in defence of those unable to pay their rents or caught in the mortgage trap.
By Alejandro López, 3 February 2014
Daily protests have been taking place across Spain since the reactionary draft law on abortion was passed in late December.
By Alejandro López, 30 January 2014
With over half of the Spanish people now favouring the abdication of Spanish king Juan Carlos, the legitimacy of a pillar of capitalist rule is crumbling.
By Vicky Short and Paul Mitchell, 20 January 2014
Two hundred plaintiffs and their lawyers have been forced to fly to Argentina to give evidence in a lawsuit seeking an investigation of torture, executions and abductions.
By Alejandro López, 18 January 2014
The unrest in Burgos is a foretaste of the next period under Spain’s explosive social conditions of mass unemployment and growing poverty.
By Alejandro López, 28 December 2013
With the new legislation, the Popular Party has accepted yet another demand of the Catholic hierarchy.
By Alejandro López, 27 December 2013
The growth of Catalan nationalist sentiment is the result of the betrayals carried out by the Spanish trade unions, with the support of the pseudo-left parties, of repeated attempts by the working class to oppose austerity.
By Alejandro López, 17 December 2013
Since the end of the Franco dictatorship in Spain, not one Francoist official has been held responsible for the executions, torture, forced disappearances and abduction of babies that occurred under the fascist regime.
By Alejandro López, 30 November 2013
The anti-protest law is an attempt to criminalise political dissent.
By Vicky Short, 29 November 2013
The 11.6 kilometre razor-wire fence separating Spain’s port of Melilla from the rest of Morocco was originally removed in 2007, after scores of people suffered horrific injuries trying to climb over it.
By Alejandro López, 20 November 2013
The unions have ended a bitter strike by refuse workers in Madrid, signing a concessions agreement.
By Alejandro López, 14 November 2013
Thousands of garbage collectors and gardeners have been on indefinite strike in Spain's capital Madrid since November 5.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 26 October 2013
Spain’s largest bakery, Panrico, is preparing to sack nearly 50 percent of its 4,000 employees and cut wages by 30 percent, with the collusion of the trade unions.
By Alejandro López, 22 October 2013
Argentinian judge María Romilda Servini de Cubría has issued arrest warrants for four former Spanish fascists from the regime of dictator General Francisco Franco.
By Carlos Hernández, 12 October 2013
The court orders point to a possible crime of “imprudence” for the “omission of cautionary elements” in the railway’s safety systems.
By Alejandro López, 30 September 2013
The ability of the Popular Party government to impose new attacks on civil servants and pensions, is entirely due to the collaboration of the trade unions.
By Paul Mitchell, 26 September 2013
Increasing numbers of companies and individuals are failing to keep up with payments on their loans and mortgages.
By Alejandro López, 23 September 2013
The efforts by Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE) to whip up support for US-led threats against Syria is aimed at distracting public attention from the social catastrophe for which it is responsible.
By Alejandro López, 28 August 2013
Due to deepening austerity measures, over a quarter of the Spanish population under 16—some 2.3 million children—are now at risk of malnutrition.
By Paul Mitchell, 14 August 2013
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said his government would “take the necessary measures to defend the interests of Spanish citizens.”
By Alejandro López, 9 August 2013
The International Monetary Fund calls for a deepening of austerity in Spain, including an accord with the trade unions to lower wages even further.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 3 August 2013
Spanish shipbuilding workers face mass unemployment under an illegal scheme of shipyard owners.
By Alejandro López, 29 July 2013
The accepted legal position that someone is innocent until proven guilty has been all but brushed aside.
By Paul Mitchell, 26 July 2013
At least 80 people were killed and 140 injured Wednesday in Spain’s worst train crash in 40 years. The tragedy follows major cuts to the rail service, ahead of further major deregulation.
By Alejandro López, 23 July 2013
Secret hand-written ledgers covering the period 1990 to 2008 detail more than 30 donations to the ruling Popular Party that were illegal.
By Alejandro López, 19 July 2013
Since the global economic crisis erupted in 2008 state revenue in Spain has slumped by nearly €200 billion.
By Carlos Hernández, 13 July 2013
The multi-millionaire former treasurer of Spain’s ruling Popular Party, Luis Bárcenas, has been refused bail and remanded in custody pending trial on charges of corruption and tax evasion.
By Alejandro López, 4 July 2013
Soon after it was placed in the UCM’s gardens, the monument was daubed with graffiti calling the volunteers “murderers”.
By Franci Vier, 3 July 2013
Following the passage of trade union-agreed labour reforms, making it easier for companies to sack Spanish workers, mass sackings are on the increase.
By Vicky Short, 26 June 2013
The Spanish trade unions and opposition Socialist Party are collaborating with the Popular Party government in the destruction of the pension rights of millions of workers.
By Alejandro López, 22 June 2013
The Bank of Spain has called for the elimination of the minimum wage, more flexibility in the labour market and other attacks on the working class.
By Alejandro López, 4 June 2013
The right-wing Popular Party government is seeking to reform abortion laws, returning them to a state similar to that which existed under the fascist regime of General Franco.
By Alejandro López, 30 May 2013
Spain’s Popular Party government has announced another raft of measures aimed at slashing the budget deficit to the European Union’s 3 percent target by 2016.
By Alejandro López, 23 May 2013
The government delegate in Catalonia of Spain’s Popular Party handed a diploma of honour to the Brotherhood of Combatants of the Blue Division, which served in the German army during the Second World War.
By Alejandro López, 21 May 2013
A social explosion is brewing in Spain, where there have been at least 27 demonstrations since the beginning of the year.
By Vicky Short, 18 May 2013
With 6.2 million out of work, the trade unions are appealing for unity with the right wing Popular Party government.
By Alejandro López, 27 April 2013
The Spanish government has announced the first in a series of new austerity measures to be presented to the European Union.
By Alejandro López, 24 April 2013
The huge decline in support for the political parties, trade unions, and the monarchy can only mean huge social struggles are on the horizon.
By Franci Vier and Paul Mitchell, 23 April 2013
None of the main demands of the anti-evictions petition launched by the Mortgage Victims Platform have been included in a new law by the Popular Party.
By Vicky Short, 22 April 2013
The Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) and the two main trade unions, Workers Commissions (CCOO) and General Workers Union (UGT), are embroiled in a fraud scandal.
By Alejandro López, 12 April 2013
Over 700,000 Spanish bank depositors have been defrauded by the banks, including many who have lost their life savings.
By Alejandro López, 2 April 2013
Recent statistical surveys attest to the massive drop in working class living standards in Spain since the onset of the global financial crisis.
By Vicky Short, 29 March 2013
Sacked Delphi workers in Cadiz clashed with trade union officials during an official celebration called by the Socialist Party-Communist Party regional government.
By Alejandro López, 28 March 2013
A video posted by the daily El País provides more evidence of the involvement of Spanish soldiers in mistreatment of detainees during the Iraq war.
By Alejandro López, 14 March 2013
The five unions representing the majority of workers at Spanish airline Iberia have accepted a deal to end the three-month dispute.
By Vicky Short, 12 March 2013
The Urdangarin scandal has raised questions over the future of the monarchy in Spain.
By Alejandro López, 27 February 2013
Mass protests and strikes continue in Spain against the austerity regime of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
By Alejandro López, 22 February 2013
Last week, Spain’s ruling Popular Party executed an about-face over foreclosures and evictions.
By Alejandro López, 20 February 2013
On Monday, striking workers at the Spanish airline Iberia paralysed Barajas international airport in the capital Madrid.
By Alejandro López, 18 February 2013
Spanish workers have suffered a steep rise in unemployment, lower wages and worsening labour conditions, while the employers have reaped the rewards.
By Alejandro López, 14 February 2013
The scandal has outraged a population already suffering from mass unemployment, low wages and the destruction of social services.
By Michael Gardner and Paul Mitchell, 4 February 2013
Six million workers are now unemployed in Spain, a huge increase on the 1.7 million unemployed in 2007.
By Alejandro López, 28 December 2012
Last Friday, the Spanish Popular Party government approved a new draft education law that slashes funding for public education.
By Nick Beams, 11 December 2012
The initial measures are widely regarded as the prelude to a full-scale bailout of the Spanish state and the establishment of a financial dictatorship of the kind now in place in Greece.
By Alex Lantier, 7 December 2012
On Monday night euro zone finance ministers approved a bailout requested for Spain’s banking sector.
By Vicky Short and Alejandro López, 6 December 2012
Mariano Rajoy’s Popular Party government is preparing to impose €90 billion in budget cuts over the next two years.
By Francisca Vier, 1 December 2012
Three suicides related to evictions within a month have highlighted the brutality of the government and banks in Spain.
By Paul Mitchell, 27 November 2012
The Catalan parliamentary election held November 25 resulted in a significant vote for parties calling for independence from Spain.
By Vicky Short, 16 November 2012
Seven Spanish miners who faced charges of public disorder and “attacks on authority” after the 2010 strike saw their sentences suspended in exchange for a two-year probationary period.
By our reporters, 15 November 2012
Hundreds of thousands of workers took to the streets Wednesday in a number of European countries to demonstrate against rising unemployment and the austerity measures dictated by the European Union and the IMF.
By Dave Hyland, 9 November 2012
This is the conclusion of a three-part article on En Lucha’s Andy Durgan’s distortions of the lessons from Spanish history.
By Dave Hyland, 8 November 2012
This is the second of a three-part article on the distortions of the lessons of Spanish history by En Luncha’s Andy Durgan.
By Dave Hyland, 7 November 2012
This is the first of a three-part article on the distortions of the lessons of Spanish history by En Lucha’s Andy Durgan.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 2 November 2012
This is the conclusion of a two-part article. Part one was published November 1.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 1 November 2012
Workers and young people should reject all claims that their interests are served by calls for Catalan independence, which have gained momentum with the economic crisis.
By Alejandro López, 31 October 2012
The Spanish ruling class is committed to a policy of class war, backed by police violence and state repression.
By Vicky Short and Paul Mitchell, 31 October 2012
The collapse in support for the governing Socialist Workers Party benefited separatist parties in regional elections in the Basque Country and Galicia.
By Alejandro López, 30 October 2012
The European recession has increased suffering among the Spanish people.
By Alejandro López, 24 October 2012
There has been a dramatic rise in poverty, hunger and inequality across Spain since the outbreak of the economic crisis in 2008.
Exhibition of photographer Agustí Centelles in Barcelona: Many unanswered questions about the Spanish Civil War
By Paul Mitchell, 22 October 2012
A comment on an exhibition of photographs of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) at the Fundació Vila Casas in Barcelona.
By our reporters, 5 October 2012
Since the outbreak of the economic crisis in 2008, Spanish unemployment has risen from 8 percent to nearly 25 percent, over double the European Union average.
By Vicky Short, 4 October 2012
The ex-General Secretary of the Stalinist Communist Party of Spain, Santiago Carrillo, died on Tuesday September 18 at the age of 97.
By a WSWS reporting team, 3 October 2012
Spain’s right-wing Popular Party government has secured a €100 billion bailout of the banks and is likely to ask for more money soon.
By Patrick Martin, 1 October 2012
Tens of thousands of workers, young people, unemployed and retirees demonstrated in major cities of Portugal and Spain Saturday.
By Alejandro López, 29 September 2012
On Thursday, the Catalan regional parliament passed a resolution to hold a referendum on self-determination.
By Alejandro López, 27 September 2012
Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched Tuesday to surround the Spanish parliament.
By Alejandro López, 18 September 2012
On Saturday, firefighters, doctors, nurses, postal employees and others suffering the austerity measures being imposed by the Popular Party government marched through Spain’s capital.
By Alejandro López, 11 September 2012
The ruling class in Catalonia wants to pressure the central government in Madrid for more control over revenues amid rising social tensions.
By Alejandro López, 31 August 2012
The Spanish government will impose new restrictions on aid to 600,000 long-term unemployed workers.
By Alejandro López, 21 August 2012
Wildfires in Spain this summer have so far claimed the lives of nine people and laid waste to 132,399 hectares, three times more than last year.
By Alejandro López, 18 August 2012
Protest actions by members of the Andalusian Workers Trade Union and others are little more than stunts.
By Alejandro López, 10 August 2012
The two main trade unions, the CCOO and UGT, have called miners back to work in the regions of Aragon, León and Asturias after 67 days of strike action.
By Alejandro López, 30 July 2012
Newly published figures show unemployment at a record high in Spain.
By Alejandro López, 25 July 2012
Unable to pay the interest on their debts, Spain’s regional governments are seeking bailouts from the central government.
By Chris Marsden, 21 July 2012
Thursday’s demonstrations in Spain against the Popular Party (PP) government’s latest austerity measures were a mass outpouring of anger and defiance.
By Stefan Steinberg, 21 July 2012
Euro zone finance ministers agreed Friday to a €100 billion bailout aimed at averting a crash of the Spanish banking system.
By Alejandro López, 17 July 2012
On Monday morning, a demonstration of thousands blocked the centre of Madrid.
By Michael Regens, 14 July 2012
The “black march” of Spanish miners, which was welcomed by more than 25,000 in Madrid, was brutally attacked by riot police.
By Paul Mitchell, 13 July 2012
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of the right-wing Popular Party announced a new €65 billion package of cuts Wednesday, the fourth since his election last November.
By Alejandro López, 9 July 2012
The strike by 8,000 miners in the northern provinces of Asturias, León and Aragon, now more than 40 days old, indicates the broad opposition to the austerity measures imposed by the right-wing Popular Party government.
By Vicky Short and Paul Mitchell, 2 July 2012
Around 8,000 miners in regions across Spain have been on strike since May 31 against cuts to subsidies that could mean the end of coal mining and the destruction of about 50,000 mining and related jobs.
By Paul Mitchell, 20 June 2012
A powerful one-day strike in Spain’s mining regions in support of striking miners shut down factories and shops and disrupted rail traffic.
By Nick Beams, 14 June 2012
Rising interest rates in bond markets demonstrate that the €100 billion Spanish bailout last weekend has done nothing to resolve the euro zone crisis and may well have made it even worse.
By Paul Mitchell and Vicky Short, 14 June 2012
More than 8,000 miners in the Asturias region of Spain have been on indefinite strike since June 1 in protest of cuts to subsidies that threaten the industry with the loss of 40,000 jobs.
By Stefan Steinberg, 12 June 2012
Remarks by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble on Monday directly contradict assurances by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy that there were “no strings attached” to last weekend’s rescue deal for Spanish banks.
By Andre Damon, 11 June 2012
The very fact that four years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers and two years after the first bailout of Greece it has become necessary to bail out one of the central economies of Europe belies all claims of the viability of capitalism.
By Stefan Steinberg, 4 June 2012
The ruthlessness of both the central and private banks and growing antagonisms between individual states threatens to blow apart the European Union and the euro.