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.
By Alejandro López, 7 February 2011
Spanish workers understand that “social pact” and “reform” are synonymous with austerity measures and cuts.
By Alejandro López and Paul Stuart, 22 January 2011
Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero’s government imposed a “state of alarm” on 2,200 air traffic controllers December 4, subjecting them to military discipline to force them back to work.
By Robert Stevens and Paul Stuart, 7 January 2011
The Spanish Socialist Workers Party government has stepped up its offensive against 2,200 air traffic controllers.
By Paul Mitchell, 24 December 2010
Cables published by WikiLeaks reveal that the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) did not expect to win the March 14, 2004 election and were was seeking to renege on their manifesto pledges within hours of coming to power.
By Paul Stuart, 20 December 2010
Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero’s Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) government has extended to January 15 the “state of alert” imposed upon 2,200 air traffic controllers on December 4—placing them under military control.
By Paul Mitchell, 17 December 2010
Cables released by WikiLeaks show the PSOE government worked the Bush and Obama administrations to prevent prosecutions of US officials for war crimes.
By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 11 December 2010
The Spanish Socialist Workers Party governments’ top law official, Attorney General Cándido Conde-Pumpido, is demanding prison sentences of up to eight years for hundreds of air traffic controllers who organised a strike last weekend.
Spanish air traffic controller: “We have arrived at something akin to Stalinist Russia, the Stasi or Hitler’s SS”
8 December 2010
This correspondence has been sent to the WSWS by a Spanish air traffic controller. It details the impact of the emergency legislation imposed by the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) government, bringing in military control of airports, including forced labour at gunpoint.
By Chris Marsden, 7 December 2010
A number of Spanish air traffic controllers contacted the World Socialist Web Site to describe the state terror employed against them under the emergency measures imposed by the Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) government.
By Robert Stevens, 6 December 2010
The decision by the Spanish government to use the army to seize airport control towers so as to defeat a wildcat strike by air traffic controllers is a warning to the international working class.
By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 4 December 2010
Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero signed an order to send army units to occupy control towers in airports around Spain, to break a wildcat strike by air traffic controllers.
By Alejandro López, 1 December 2010
Spain, along with Portugal, has become one of the central targets of financial market demands for further austerity measures directed at the working class.
By Alejandro López, 1 December 2010
Spain’s middle-class “left” parties have supported France’s New Anticapitalist Party (NPA) and the French trade unions in their betrayals of the October-November strikes against social cuts by the Sarkozy government.
By Carlos Alejandro, 2 October 2010
Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city, was paralysed by the September 29 general strike that involved 70 percent of workers throughout the country.
By Paul Mitchell, 30 September 2010
Nearly 70 percent of Spanish workers—10 million—took part in Wednesday’s general strike. In some sectors such as mining, metal, auto manufacture, electronic, fishing and other industries, participation was nearly 100 percent.
By Paul Stuart and Robert Stevens, 29 September 2010
Workers are striking today in opposition to the austerity measures and anti-labour reforms implemented by the Socialist Workers Party government of President José Zapatero.
By Paul Stuart, 28 September 2010
A national miners’ strike in Spain in support of workers at the Alonso and Viloria mining corporations brought the industry to a standstill September 22-23.
By Paul Stuart, 21 September 2010
The Spanish Socialist Party government has won parliamentary approval for new labour laws that will make it easier to sack workers.
By Paul Stuart, 4 September 2010
The air traffic controllers’ union Unión Sindical de Controladores Aéreos (USCA) has overturned a 98 percent mandate for strike action, pushing through a deal supported by the employers and the government.
By Paul Mitchell, 1 September 2010
For the past two years the right wing opposition Popular Party (PP) in Spain has been embroiled in the “Gürtel” corruption scandal, which has implicated many of the party’s top officials and leading businessmen.
By Alejandro López, 21 August 2010
In Spain as in France, a wave of anti-democratic legislation and policies is being prepared against Muslims, including proposals to ban the burqa.
By Vicky Short, 14 August 2010
Last week, the Pentagon responded to the decision of the Spanish Supreme Court to reopen the investigation into the death of cameraman José Couso in 2003 in Iraq. It declared that US authorities had already acquitted the three soldiers involved of any crime. Couso and Reuters reporter Taras Protsyuk were killed in April 2003 when Baghdad’s Hotel Palestine was shelled during the US invasion of Iraq.
By Paul Stuart and Alex Lantier, 27 July 2010
The Stalinist United Left signalled at it June congress that it was prepared to shift decisively to the right, backing the policies of social-democratic Prime Minister José Zapatero as he carries out massive austerity policies in the interests of the banks.
By Paul Mitchell, 22 July 2010
Unions on the Madrid Metro have forced a pay cut and other concessions on workers who have been involved in militant strike action against plans to cut salaries by five percent.
By Paul Mitchell, 5 July 2010
Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero was forced to mount a desperate defence of Spain’s economic solvency on July 2, after Moody’s announced that it is reviewing the country’s sovereign debt rating.
By Paul Mitchell, 1 July 2010
The vice-chair of the Popular Party-run Madrid regional government, Ignacio González, has warned that he is “not going to discard the option” of the military taking control of Madrid’s Metro system, which has been brought to a standstill by striking workers and brought chaos to the streets of the capital.
By Alex Lantier, 30 June 2010
Train drivers shut down the Madrid subway yesterday after a mass workers’ assembly voted to disregard minimum service rules imposed by the Madrid regional authorities.
By Paul Stuart, 26 June 2010
The methods used to force Greece into massive austerity are now being deployed in Spain. The nation’s economy, the fifth largest in Europe, faces economic meltdown.
By Paul Stuart, 10 June 2010
On Tuesday, 2 million public sector workers participated in strikes and demonstrations against the austerity policies of social-democratic Prime Minister Jose Luiz Zapatero.
By Paul Stuart, 5 June 2010
The ruling Socialist Workers Party of Spain (PSOE), led by Prime Minister Jose Zapatero, has pushed through a package of cuts adding up to €15 billion and imposed a 5 percent pay cut on government workers.
By Vicky Short, 29 May 2010
The internationally renowned Spanish judge, Baltasar Garzón, was suspended from his post on May 14, accused of perverting the course of justice by the body that oversees the judiciary, the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ).
By Vicky Short, 1 May 2010
Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE) Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero has pledged to implement austerity measures “whatever the cost”.
By Paul Mitchell, 3 April 2010
Twenty-three Spanish airport workers who went on strike at Barcelona airport on July 28, 2006 and occupied the runways have been given two-year probationary sentences.
By Vicky Short and Paul Mitchell, 20 March 2010
The charges brought against 27 Spanish airport workers, under an anti-terror law passed during Franco’s fascist dictatorship, represent a major offensive against democratic rights.
By Vicky Short, 1 March 2010
The Spanish Supreme Court has allowed the fascist party, the Falange, to join a private prosecution brought against Judge Baltazar Garzón because of his attempts to investigate the crimes of the Franco dictatorship.