Spain

Mass protests throughout Spain against government cuts

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.

Finance ministers tie bailout of Spanish banks to deeper cuts

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.

Mass demonstrations against Spain’s latest austerity package

By Alejandro López, 17 July 2012

On Monday morning, a demonstration of thousands blocked the centre of Madrid.

Spanish miners’ “black march” attacked in 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.

Spain unveils new raft of brutal austerity measures

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.

Pseudo-left apologists for unions’ betrayal of Spanish miners

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.

Spain: Unions send striking miners on phoney jobs march

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.

Massive support for June 18 general strike in Spain’s mining regions

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.

Global crisis deepens after Spanish bailout

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.

Miners strike escalates in Spain

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.

Bailout of Spanish banks will “tighten the austerity thumbscrew”

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.

The Spanish bailout and the specter of the 1930s

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.

Spanish banking crisis threatens euro collapse

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.

Spanish banking crisis roils global financial markets

By Andre Damon, 31 May 2012

Fears that the euro zone is nearing breakup sent panicked investors to safe haven assets Wednesday, driving the yields on US government debt to their lowest levels since 1946.

Strike and mass protests against Spain’s education cuts

By Alejandro López, 24 May 2012

Tuesday’s strike closed down most universities, vocational training centers and schools in 14 regions throughout Spain.

Spain faces bank run

By Alejandro López, 21 May 2012

The latest available statistics on bank deposits show that €50 billion have left Spain since January last year.

Spain’s regional governments impose further cuts

By Alejandro López, 19 May 2012

A new round of cuts has been imposed by the regional governments in Andalusia, Asturias and Catalonia this week in order to reduce their deficit to the target of 1.5 percent of GDP set by the Spain’s Popular Party government.

Spanish bank debts deepen eurozone crisis

By Nick Beams, 14 May 2012

The European financial crisis is worsening amid doubts over the Spanish banking system and concern over the prospect of a Greek withdrawal from the eurozone.

Mass protests in Spain mark indignados anniversary

By Alejandro López, 14 May 2012

Hundreds of thousands demonstrated in more than 80 cities and towns throughout Spain Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the eruption of the indignados or 15-M movement.

Spain’s United Left joins government, backs cuts in Andalucía

By Alejandro López, 10 May 2012

After agreeing to form a coalition government with the Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) government in Andalucía last week, the United Left (Izquierda Unida, IU) has agreed to cuts in the regional budget.

May Day protests in Greece and Spain

By our reporters, 3 May 2012

The World Socialist Web Site reports on the May day rallies held in Greece and Spain.

Offensive against democratic rights continues in Spain

By Alejandro López, 2 May 2012

Spain’s Popular Party government is meeting opposition to austerity measures totalling over €50 billion with escalating repression.

Spain’s foreign minister admits economic and social crisis “of huge proportions”

By Vicky Short, 1 May 2012

Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo’s remark came as economic contraction pushed the Spanish economy officially into recession for the second time since 2009.

Spanish debt crisis pushing global economy to the brink

By Nick Beams, 30 April 2012

Since the near-default of Greece threatened to set off a meltdown late last year, the eye of the financial storm has shifted to Spain.

Spanish government proceeds with the destruction of health care and education

By Alejandro López, 25 April 2012

Not a day passes in Spain without further cuts at the local, regional or national level being announced, or measures imposed curtailing democratic rights.

Focus of euro crisis shifts to Spain

By Peter Schwarz, 19 April 2012

Under pressure from the European Union and the international financial markets, Spain is sliding into a downward spiral of austerity and recession.

Spain: More cuts in health care and education

By Alejandro López, 17 April 2012

Spain’s financial situation is deteriorating rapidly as speculators continue their attacks.

Spain’s unions silent on general strike repression

By Alejandro López, 14 April 2012

Three weeks after the mass arrests and violent repression unleashed against the March 29 general strike in Spain, the main trade unions have yet to issue a word of condemnation.

The repression against workers and youth in Spain

By Alejandro López, 6 April 2012

Last week’s general strike in Spain displayed the readiness of the working class to resist the austerity measures being imposed by the right-wing Popular Party government, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

Spanish government outlines most severe budget cuts since fascist dictatorship

By Alejandro López, 5 April 2012

The draft state budget unveiled on Tuesday represents a new stage in the social counter-revolution led by the right-wing Popular Party on behalf of the financial oligarchy.

The Spanish general strike and the political tasks before the working class

By Julie Hyland, 3 April 2012

Last Thursday’s general strike in Spain against the Popular Party government, the European Union and its austerity policies once again demonstrated the power of the working class and its readiness to fight.

Spanish government unveils €27 billion in budget cuts

By Alejandro López, 3 April 2012

Spain’s Popular Party government has announced €27.3 billion in cuts to the 2012 budget, the most austere since the fascist dictatorship.

Spanish pilots unions call strikes against new low-cost airline

By Vicky Short, 2 April 2012

The two main trade unions representing pilots and cabin crew at Spanish airline Iberia have renewed their call for strike action against the creation of a new low-cost subsidiary, Iberia Express.

Barcelona’s workers and youth speak during Spain’s general strike

By Alejandro López, 31 March 2012

Thursday’s general strike in Spain was supported by 77 percent of the workforce and paralyzed whole cities.

Millions join general strike in Spain

By Vicky Short, 30 March 2012

Yesterday’s general strike against new labour laws imposed by the right-wing Popular Party government was joined by up to 80 percent of Spain’s workforce.

Spanish “left” groups use one-day general strike to promote trade union bureaucracy

By Alejandro López, 29 March 2012

The Communist Party, the Anti-Capitalist Left of the Pabloite United Secretariat, In Struggle (Spanish affiliate of the British Socialist Workers Party) and other pseudo-left organisations have acted as unabashed promoters of the union bureaucracy.

More austerity measures as Spain’s public debt soars

By Alejandro López, 22 March 2012

Spain’s financial situation is deteriorating rapidly, with debt reaching an historic high of 68.5 percent of GDP during the last quarter of 2011. It has now entered its second recession since 2009.

One-day general strike called in Spain

By Alejandro López, 15 March 2012

The two main Spanish unions, Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) and Union General de Trabajadores (UGT), have called a general strike for March 29 against the latest labour legislation.

Spain’s Garzón acquitted for investigation of Franco-era crimes

By Alejandro López and Chris Marsden, 9 March 2012

The Supreme Court’s decision to acquit Baltasar Garzón of misconduct for investigating the crimes of Franco’s fascist regime represents a tactical retreat by Spain’s ruling elite in the face of popular hostility to his prosecution.

US exploits UNHRC resolution to pressure Sri Lanka

By Sarath Kumara, 7 March 2012

The resolution will do nothing to address the war crimes carried out by the Sri Lanka military in the final stages of the island’s civil war.

More cuts demanded as recession looms in Spain

By Paul Mitchell, 6 March 2012

Figures released this week show that the Spanish economy is spiralling into recession.

Protests against austerity continue in Spain

By Alejandro López, 3 March 2012

Further protests against cuts in education and police violence were held in Valencia Wednesday, as well as in Catalonia and the capital, Madrid.

Unions call off strike by metro and bus workers in Barcelona

By Alejandro López, 2 March 2012

The strike planned for February 27 to March 1 by workers of the Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), the main public transit operator, was called off on Sunday.

Savage police assault on students in Valencia, Spain

By Alejandro López, 24 February 2012

A February 20 demonstration by students and schoolchildren in the Spanish city of Valencia was subject to a violent attack by police. The city was flooded with police, who made 43 arrests, including eight minors.

Hundreds of thousands protest new Spanish labour legislation

By Alejandro López, 21 February 2012

Hundreds of thousands of workers demonstrated in 57 Spanish cities on Sunday against the latest labour reform passed by the right wing Popular Party.

Franco’s heirs prosecute Spain’s judge Garzón

By Alejandro López and Chris Marsden, 17 February 2012

The prosecution of Judge Baltasar Garzón by Spanish authorities is both politically and morally obscene.

Spain’s Popular Party government imposes savage labour legislation

By Alejandro López, 17 February 2012

The labour legislation passed by the Popular Party government will dramatically curtail the employment rights of Spanish workers.

Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón debarred for 11 years

By Vicky Short, 14 February 2012

On Thursday February 9, the Spanish Supreme Court handed down an 11 year ban on National Court judge, Baltasar Garzón holding office.

Spain’s King Juan Carlos supported 1981 coup attempt

By Vicky Short, 14 February 2012

Declassified German state documents shed light on King Juan Carlos’s attitude to the February 1981 coup attempt in Spain.

Victims of Spain’s fascist junta testify in Garzón trial

By Alejandro López, 7 February 2012

Victims of the Franco regime testified in front of Spain’s Supreme Court during the trial of Judge Baltasar Garzón.

Spain’s judge Baltasar Garzón on trial for investigating Franco crimes

By Vicky Short, 20 January 2012

Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón appeared in court January 17 in the first of three cases aimed at silencing him and thwarting his investigations.

Spain’s Popular Party government announces unprecedented budget cuts

By Alejandro López, 5 January 2012

The new right-wing Popular Party government, headed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, has announced budget cuts totaling 16.5 billion euros.

Second recession looms in Spain

By Alejandro López, 29 December 2011

Economy Minister Luis de Guindos warned on Monday that Spain’s economy had suffered a “relapse” at the end of this year, and that the renewed weakness would continue into 2012.

Spain: Regional governments step up attacks on living standards

By Alejandro López, 21 December 2011

Since the victory of Mariano Rajoy’s right-wing Popular Party in the November 20 general election, regional governments have accelerated budget cuts.

One man’s campaign to expose corruption in Spain’s health service

By Paul Mitchell, 16 December 2011

Marcelino Victoria Sánchez, a Spanish air traffic controller, has been waging a determined campaign to expose corruption in Spain’s health service.

Spain: Inequality soars to record levels

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 23 November 2011

The victory of Mariano Rajoy’s right-wing Popular Party in Sunday’s general election is set to dramatically worsen the ongoing pauperisation of much of Spain’s population.

Social democrats pave way for return of right-wing Popular Party in Spain

By Paul Mitchell, 22 November 2011

With the count complete, the right-wing Popular Party (PP) won 186 seats in Spain’s 350-seat Congress in Sunday’s election compared with 154 in the last parliament.

Spain’s “Anti-Capitalist” electoral coalition: An anti-socialist trap for the working class

By Alejandro López, 19 November 2011

The “Anti-Capitalist” coalition is standing in Spain’s general election to prepare a political trap for workers and youth.

Politicians cover up austerity measures planned after Spanish elections

By Vicky Short and Paul Mitchell, 16 November 2011

On Sunday, Spain is holding a general election, four months earlier than scheduled.

Spain faces economic catastrophe

By Vicky Short and Paul Mitchell, 2 November 2011

Economic growth has slowed and unemployment has soared in Spain, raising fears that the euro zone’s fourth largest economy is in danger of a full-scale debt crisis.

Spain: Basque separatist ETA declares end of armed struggle

By Alejandro López, 28 October 2011

The Basque separatist group Basque Homeland and Freedom (Euskadi ta Askatasuna, ETA) last week declared “the definitive end to its armed activity”.

Spain’s main parties attempt to re-introduce censorship of public broadcasting

By Alejandro López, 11 October 2011

The administrative board of the state-run Spanish Radio and Television Corporation (Corporación Radiotelevisión Española, RTVE) has agreed a plan to give themselves access to the corporation’s iNews system.

Spain: PSOE and PP collude to rush through austerity legislation

By Vicky Short, 3 October 2011

The Spanish Socialist Workers Party government and Popular Party opposition are colluding to ensure the legislation required to further impoverish working people is rushed through parliament.

Spanish teachers and students protest education cuts

By Alejandro López, 22 September 2011

This week, teachers and students across Spain are protesting against education cuts.

Credit rating agencies threaten to downgrade Spain

By Paul Mitchell, 20 September 2011

Fitch Ratings warned last week that Spain’s credit rating could be downgraded because the country’s regions have fallen behind schedule on deficit-reduction targets, economic growth had been poor and public funds to rescue banks had been larger than forecast.

Spanish parliament passes constitutional amendment capping public deficit

By Alejandro López, 10 September 2011

The Spanish Constitution has been amended with a new article limiting the public deficit.

Spain’s opportunist United Left forms “broad front”

By Paul Mitchell, 29 August 2011

The United Left (IU) has formed a so-called broad front in order to oppose the necessary creation of a socialist party of the Spanish working class.

Pope steps up right-wing crusade in Spain

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 23 August 2011

Pope Benedict XVI visited Spain last week to attend the World Youth Day 2011, held in Madrid.

Spanish mayor desecrates mausoleum of fascist victims

By Alejandro López, 17 August 2011

The right-wing Popular Party mayor of Poyales del Hoyo has desecrated a mausoleum containing the remains of 10 victims executed by the fascists during the Spanish Civil War.

Protests continue as the police leave Madrid’s Puerta del Sol

By Alejandro López, 8 August 2011

Protests by indignados (angry ones) of the 15-M movement have continued since last Tuesday, when 300 police forcibly evicted the 90 people remaining in Madrid’s main square, Puerta del Sol.

Spain: Major attack on living standards will follow November election

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 5 August 2011

Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has announced a snap general election four months earlier than scheduled, on November 20.

Protests held against police eviction of “indignados” from Madrid’s Puerta del Sol

By Alejandro López, 4 August 2011

On Tuesday police forcibly evicted the remaining indignado protesters from the Puerta del Sol square in Madrid.

The calling of early elections in Spain

By Peter Schwarz, 3 August 2011

Under growing pressure from the financial markets, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Louis Zapatero has announced early elections for November 20, four months before the March 2012 deadline.

Why is the Spanish media promoting Esther Vivas of the Anti-Capitalist Left?

By Alejandro López, 1 August 2011

Esther Vivas, leader and spokeswoman of the Anti-capitalist Left (Izquierda Anticapitalista, IA) is receiving an extraordinary degree of media attention.

Spanish unions, “left” parties facilitate anti-worker reform of collective bargaining

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 30 June 2011

There is massive opposition to the changes to workers bargaining rights approved by the Spanish Congress last week.

Carmaker Citroën-Peugeot to close plants in France and Spain

By Antoine Lerougetel, 27 June 2011

Leaked internal documents reveal that PSA, the French Citroën-Peugeot car manufacturer, intends to close three of its plants.

The role of the ex-left in Spain’s los indignados protests

By Robert Stevens, 23 June 2011

The ending of the occupation of Madrid’s main Puerta del Sol square after more than three weeks provides an occasion to address the “autonomy/no politics” perspective advanced by its leadership.

Mass protests against government cuts in Spain

By Alejandro López, 21 June 2011

Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated against austerity measures in 50 cities across Spain on Sunday.

More evidence of provocations, repression of Barcelona protests

By Alejandro López, 20 June 2011

More evidence is emerging of the use of undercover provocateurs in the vicious police attack on a demonstration in Barcelona last Wednesday.

Protests continue against budget cuts by Catalán parliament in Spain

By Alejandro López, 17 June 2011

Last Wednesday up to 3,000 protestors gathered in front of the Catalán parliament in Barcelona.

Spain’s 15-M protests and the politics of “autonomy”

By Robert Stevens, 3 June 2011

Protesters in Madrid’s Puerta Del Sol square have insisted to World Socialist Web Site reporters that the demonstrations by “los indignados” have “no leadership” and are organised by “autonomous” collectives, commissions and assemblies.

Spanish anti-austerity protests spread to more cities

By our reporters, 31 May 2011

On Sunday evening thousands of protesters voted to continue the occupation of Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square, in the “tent city” established in the immediate aftermath of the May 15 mass demonstration.

Spain’s M-15 protests continue

By our reporters, 30 May 2011

The occupation of Spain’s main Puerta del Sol Square in Madrid continued over the weekend, and protests are set to carry on next week.

“If things carry on like this, there won’t be work for any of us,” say Spain’s indignados

By our reporters, 30 May 2011

WSWS reporters speak to Madrid’s “angry ones”.

Police beat anti-austerity protesters in Barcelona, Spain

By our reporters, 28 May 2011

Spanish police yesterday fired rubber bullets and beat protesters with truncheons in a vicious attempt to clear demonstraters from the Plaza de Cataluna square in Barcelona.

What way forward for Spain’s “angry ones”?

By Chris Marsden, 27 May 2011

The mass demonstrations in Spain that began on May 15 testify to the huge anger over the austerity measures imposed by the Socialist Party (PSOE) government.

Spain: Local and regional elections show mass dissatisfaction

By Alejandro López, 25 May 2011

The ruling PSOE has suffered its worst defeat in local and regional elections in history.

Protests continue in Spain as ruling Socialist Party suffers electoral defeat

By Paul Mitchell, 23 May 2011

Tens of thousands protestors continue to occupy Madrid’s Puerta del Sol and other centres in numerous cities and towns across Spain, despite a government ban.

Tens of thousands protest throughout Spain, defying government ban

By Alejandro López, 21 May 2011

Tens of thousands more protestors continue to occupy Madrid’s Puerta del Sol, as well as the main squares in another 162 towns and cities.

Protestors occupy city squares in Spain after mass demonstrations Sunday

By Alejandro López, 20 May 2011

Tens of thousands are continuing to protest in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol and other cities across Spain after last Sunday’s mass demonstrations.

Creation of “bad bank” heightens prospect of Spanish bailout

By Paul Mitchell, 14 May 2011

Reports that the Bank of Spain is considering the creation of a national “bad bank” to suck up the huge toxic debts of the country’s banks has heightened the prospect of a bailout by European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

Spain: Telefónica slashes jobs and offers multimillion bonuses to its chief executives

By Alejandro López and Vicky Short, 2 May 2011

On April 13 the executive president of Telefónica, Guillermo Ansaldo, announced at Investors’ Day in London the slashing of 20 percent of its staff over the next three years.

Spain: Catalan Greens vote for war with Libya

By Alejandro Lopéz and Paul Mitchell, 19 April 2011

The Catalan Greens, Iniciativa per CatalunyaVerds (ICV), voted in favour of the war in Libya supported by the ruling Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) in Congress last month.

Zapatero asks for funds while claiming Spain needs no bailout

By Paul Mitchell, 15 April 2011

This week Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE) Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero visited the Far East pleading for funds.

Spain takes its place in the imperialist war against Libya

By Alejandro López, 30 March 2011

The Spanish parliament voted last week in favour of Spanish military intervention in Libya with 336 in favour, just 3 against and 1 abstention.

Spanish air traffic controller: “The unions, the political parties. No one supported us.”

By Paul Mitchell, 23 March 2011

Marcelino Victoria, a Spanish air traffic controller, contacted the World Socialist Web Site recently, thanking us for our support and agreed to talk to reporter Paul Mitchell.

Spain’s ex-radical groups apologise for unions’ acceptance of social pact

By Paul Stuart and Alejandro López, 16 March 2011

Last month, the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (Spanish Socialist Workers Party—PSOE) government, the employers and the trade unions signed a “grand social pact” whose provisions include raising the official retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2013.

Spain’s fake left groups apologise for union agreement to social pact

By Paul Stuart and Alejandro López, 16 March 2011

Spain’s pseudo-left groups again demonstrate their role as apologists for the trade union bureaucracy, opposing any break by the working class with the main union federations.

Spain: Basque separatist party moves to renounce armed struggle

By Alejandro López, 1 March 2011

Leaders of the banned separatist group Batasuna, the political wing of ETA, have announced the formation of a new party, “Sortu” (Birth), to contest May elections.

Spain’s air traffic controllers union backs military policing of its members

By Vicky Short and Paul Stuart, 10 February 2011

On December 4, Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero’s social-democratic government passed a Royal Decree, imposing a “state of alarm” on 2,200 air traffic controllers.