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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Carlos Hernández, 3 December 2014
The scandals have revealed the criminality at the heart of the country’s now shipwrecked economic boom.
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.
By Paul Mitchell, 11 November 2014
Turnout for a poll that was heralded as decisive for the future of Catalonia was just 37 percent.
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.
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.
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.
By Kelly Taylor, 16 October 2014
Last Friday, nurses protested against the risks they face in treating Ebola patients.
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.
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.
By Paul Mitchell, 4 October 2014
The 12 judges unanimously agreed to an appeal lodged by Spain’s Popular Party government against the 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
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.
By Alejandro López, 18 September 2014
Pseudo-left organizations in Catalonia are attempting to provide a progressive fig-leaf to a reactionary nationalist movement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Alejandro López, 24 March 2014
A mass demonstration on Saturday in the Spanish capital Madrid protested growing austerity, evictions, unemployment and poverty.
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.
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 and Carlos Hernández, 26 November 2013
The collapse of the Fagor cooperative demonstrates that such organisations are not an alternative to capitalism, as their promoters proclaim.
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.