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.
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.
By Alejandro López, 24 May 2012
Tuesday’s strike closed down most universities, vocational training centers and schools in 14 regions throughout Spain.
By Alejandro López, 21 May 2012
The latest available statistics on bank deposits show that €50 billion have left Spain since January last year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By our reporters, 3 May 2012
The World Socialist Web Site reports on the May day rallies held in Greece and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Alejandro López, 17 April 2012
Spain’s financial situation is deteriorating rapidly as speculators continue their attacks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Alejandro López, 31 March 2012
Thursday’s general strike in Spain was supported by 77 percent of the workforce and paralyzed whole cities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Paul Mitchell, 6 March 2012
Figures released this week show that the Spanish economy is spiralling into recession.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Alejandro López and Chris Marsden, 17 February 2012
The prosecution of Judge Baltasar Garzón by Spanish authorities is both politically and morally obscene.
By Alejandro López, 17 February 2012
The labour legislation passed by the Popular Party government will dramatically curtail the employment rights of Spanish workers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Vicky Short and Paul Mitchell, 16 November 2011
On Sunday, Spain is holding a general election, four months earlier than scheduled.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
By Alejandro López, 22 September 2011
This week, teachers and students across Spain are protesting against education cuts.
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.
By Alejandro López, 10 September 2011
The Spanish Constitution has been amended with a new article limiting the public deficit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Alejandro López, 4 August 2011
On Tuesday police forcibly evicted the remaining indignado protesters from the Puerta del Sol square in Madrid.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Alejandro López, 21 June 2011
Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated against austerity measures in 50 cities across Spain on Sunday.
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.
By Alejandro López, 17 June 2011
Last Wednesday up to 3,000 protestors gathered in front of the Catalán parliament in Barcelona.
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.
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.
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.
By our reporters, 30 May 2011
WSWS reporters speak to Madrid’s “angry ones”.
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.
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.
By Alejandro López, 25 May 2011
The ruling PSOE has suffered its worst defeat in local and regional elections in history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.