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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Paul Mitchell, 23 September 2017
Demonstrations continued in Catalonia yesterday as Madrid reinforced its police presence in the Eastern region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Alejandro López, 24 July 2017
From its creation Podemos has been an amalgam of forces with opposing views on regional nationalism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 30 November 2016
The putsch in the PSOE led to the installation of an unpopular right-wing government.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
By James Lerner, 9 September 2016
Millions have been plunged into poverty as the wealth of the elite has soared.
By Alejandro López, 1 September 2016
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy failed to receive the necessary 176 votes in the 350-seat parliament.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Paul Mitchell, 9 May 2016
Opinion polls indicate that Spain’s ongoing political deadlock will continue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Paul Mitchell, 7 March 2016
The social-democrats had appealed for “progressive” forces to support their alliance with the right-wing Citizens party.
By Alejandro López, 3 March 2016
The pseudo-left parties in Spain have close ties to the armed forces.