Spain’s left must unite to steer country on road to recovery

Giles Tremlett for the Guardian In his restaurant overlooking the Med at Mataró, a few miles north of Barcelona, Ricard Jornet declares himself an insumiso, a rebel who refuses to obey government demands to pay a so-called “tax on sunshine” for an award-winning solar power installation that allows his business to function almost exclusively off … More Spain’s left must unite to steer country on road to recovery

Podemos: how Europe’s political centre is being eaten by the radical left and nationalist right | Opinion | The Guardian

As the success of Spain’s upstart anti-austerity party shakes the country’s two-party system, the most likely outcome for ailing social democrats is a fusion with liberal conservatives Source: Podemos: how Europe’s political centre is being eaten by the radical left and nationalist right | Opinion | The Guardian

Podemos fuels hopes for Spain’s emigrated youth to return home

Podemos fuels hopes for Spain’s emigrated youth to return home. by Mischa Wilmers Over the last two years, Spain’s political landscape has been transformed by the emergence of the progressive, anti-austerity party, Podemos (“We Can”). Formed in 2014, the party has already built a membership of over 350,000. In opinions polls, it matches the country’s … More Podemos fuels hopes for Spain’s emigrated youth to return home

Spain’s Gag Law: spectre of an authoritarian past

Spain’s Gag Law: spectre of an authoritarian past. by Carlos Delclós On Friday 10 April 2015, holographic images of about 2,000 protestors from all over the world were projected onto the facade of the Spanish Parliament by the citizen platform No somos delito (“we are not a crime”). Images of people are projected onto a … More Spain’s Gag Law: spectre of an authoritarian past

Contesting Capitalism in the Eurozone

In light of the new Syriza government’s difficult struggle against the German dominated institutions of the Eurozone, I’ve revisited a little known book published ten years ago by political scientist Richard Dunphy called Contesting Capitalism? Left Parties and European Integration (Manchester University Press, 2004). In the book, Dunphy charts out the trajectory of the European Far … More Contesting Capitalism in the Eurozone

Germany faces impossible choice as Greek austerity revolt spreads – Telegraph

Germany faces impossible choice as Greek austerity revolt spreads – Telegraph.   By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard The political centre across southern Europe is disintegrating. Establishment parties of centre-left and centre-right – La Casta, as they say in Spain – have successively immolated themselves enforcing EMU debt-deflation. Spain’s neo-Bolivarian Podemos party refuses to fade. It has endured … More Germany faces impossible choice as Greek austerity revolt spreads – Telegraph

100,000 flock to Madrid for Podemos rally against austerity | World news | The Guardian

100,000 flock to Madrid for Podemos rally against austerity | World news | The Guardian. los indignados – an impromptu revolt of thousands, camping out for weeks and rallying against a political establishment felt to be out of sync with the people. On Saturday, up to 100,000 people again filled the square, determined to show … More 100,000 flock to Madrid for Podemos rally against austerity | World news | The Guardian

Corrupt Spanish politics faces shock therapy from an angry electorate | Miguel-Anxo Murado | Comment is free | The Guardian

Corrupt Spanish politics faces shock therapy from an angry electorate | Miguel-Anxo Murado | Comment is free | The Guardian.   Being “between Pinto and Valdemoro” is an old Spanish saying that refers to being in trouble. Now with the number of politicians being investigated for corruption in Spain nearing 2,000, including the mayor of … More Corrupt Spanish politics faces shock therapy from an angry electorate | Miguel-Anxo Murado | Comment is free | The Guardian