For all of its success, Podemos has refused to deal seriously with the European Union and what it would take to truly transform Spain. Source: The European Challenge | Jacobin
September conference planned with France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Malta. Source: Greece eyes alliance of southern EU states – POLITICO
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
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
On 20 December, general elections will be held in Spain, amidst a climate marked by the fallout of the Paris attacks and the pro-independence debate in Catalonia, with a profusion of televised debates but no more than superficial coverage of the parties’ election manifestos. The People’s Party (PP) is presenting the fall in the number … More What are political parties offering workers in the Spanish elections?
Data from Southern Europe indicates a trend of wealth distribution to the top 20% of income earners since the onset of austerity. At the outset of the Global Financial Crisis in 2007, the income share of the bottom 20% of income earners in Greece and Portugal increased, whereas the income share of the top 20% … More Income, Class and Austerity in Southern Europe
The number of workplace accidents registered in Spain during the first six months of 2015 grew by almost 7 per cent in comparison to 2014. As many as 218,019 “minor” accidents were reported, 13,577 more than during the same period last year, along with 1,593 “serious” accidents, one more than at the same period last … More Spain: precarious employment fuels rise in occupational accidents
After topping voter intention polls, the party is falling behind rival Ciudadanos as it seeks to redefine its position and message Source: Spanish politics: Why is Podemos losing ground? | In English | EL PAÍS
by Arturo Puente – On 27 September Catalonia is holding elections that will be pivotal in determining whether a territory in which 7.5 million people live will remain part of the Spanish state. The president of the Catalan government, Artur Mas, has called on citizens to cast their votes in an election he wants … More Will the Catalan elections see the reconfiguration of Spain? – Equal Times
Podemos, Greece and the hot Spanish autumn.
Spain’s politicians distance themselves from euro crisis: ‘This isn’t Greece’ | World news | The Guardian.
Spain: Madrid and Barcelona show — the greater the unity on the left, the bigger the win | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal.
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. 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
The rise of Europe’s new Left. By Bryan Evans
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. 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