Spain

Spain’s Iberia airline strike betrayed by unions

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.

Corruption scandals engulf Spain’s monarchy

By Vicky Short, 12 March 2013

The Urdangarin scandal has raised questions over the future of the monarchy in Spain.

Strikes and demonstrations rock Spain

By Alejandro López, 27 February 2013

Mass protests and strikes continue in Spain against the austerity regime of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Spain’s Popular Party makes U-turn on eviction petition

By Alejandro López, 22 February 2013

Last week, Spain’s ruling Popular Party executed an about-face over foreclosures and evictions.

Iberia airline strikers clash with Spanish police

By Alejandro López, 20 February 2013

On Monday, striking workers at the Spanish airline Iberia paralysed Barajas international airport in the capital Madrid.

Spanish unions collude in mass unemployment and wage cuts

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.

New charges in Spain’s Popular Party corruption scandal

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.

Record unemployment adds to Spain’s social crisis

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.

Spanish Popular Party government launches assault on public education

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.

The political economy of the Spanish bank bailout

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.

Spanish bank bailout paves way for new attacks on working class

By Alex Lantier, 7 December 2012

On Monday night euro zone finance ministers approved a bailout requested for Spain’s banking sector.

Spanish government prepares repressive measures against social opposition

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.

Protests grow against evictions in Spain

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.

Separatist parties dominate Catalan election results

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.

Spanish unions abandon miners prosecuted during 2010 strikes

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.

Mass demonstrations in Spain, Portugal, Italy against austerity and unemployment

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.

En Lucha’s Andy Durgan: Historical distortions to justify political betrayal of Spanish workers

Part three

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.

En Lucha’s Andy Durgan: Historical distortions to justify political betrayal of Spanish workers

Part two

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.

En Lucha’s Andy Durgan: Historical distortions to justify political betrayal of Spanish workers

Part one

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.

The dead-end of Catalan independence

Part two

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 2 November 2012

This is the conclusion of a two-part article. Part one was published November 1.

The dead-end of Catalan independence

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.

A quarter of Spain now unemployed

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.

Separatist parties gain in Spanish regional elections

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.

Poverty, hunger and inequality grow in Spain

By Alejandro López, 30 October 2012

The European recession has increased suffering among the Spanish people.

Poverty, hunger and inequality grow in Spain

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.

Barcelona’s unemployed detail social tragedy engulfing Spain

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.

Santiago Carrillo, butcher of the Spanish Revolution

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.

Barcelona workers and youth discuss austerity

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.

Tens of thousands protest austerity policies in Portugal, Spain

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.

Catalonia plans referendum on independence from Spain

By Alejandro López, 29 September 2012

On Thursday, the Catalan regional parliament passed a resolution to hold a referendum on self-determination.

Spain’s anti-cuts protest violently broken up by police

By Alejandro López, 27 September 2012

Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched Tuesday to surround the Spanish parliament.

Thousands demonstrate in Madrid against austerity

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.

Catalan separatism whipped up in Spain

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.

Spain restricts aid to long-term unemployed

By Alejandro López, 31 August 2012

The Spanish government will impose new restrictions on aid to 600,000 long-term unemployed workers.

Spain: Forest fire outbreaks worsened by budget cuts

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.

Spanish trade union plays Robin Hood with supermarket raids

By Alejandro López, 18 August 2012

Protest actions by members of the Andalusian Workers Trade Union and others are little more than stunts.

The betrayal of Spain’s miners strike and the silence of the fake left

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.

Spanish unemployment nears 25 percent

By Alejandro López, 30 July 2012

Newly published figures show unemployment at a record high in Spain.

Spain’s regional governments seek bailouts

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.

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.