Spain: can the socialist-populist embrace last?

Podemos and the PSOE have formed a coalition against a marked swing to the right

Dave Stockton  ·  22 November 2019

Spain heads to the polls

Spain heads to the polls on 28th April in a snap election which has exposed the political bankruptcy of all five main parties and threatens to propel the far right to power.

Urte March  ·  04 May 2019

Spain: Sánchez ousts Rajoy but what next?

By Dave Stockton PEDRO SANCHEZ, leader of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), is now in the Moncloa Palace as prime minister of Spain. Every progressive person in the Spanish state will be glad to see the back of the Popular Party’s autocratic leader Mariano Rajoy. The critical moment came when the Basque Nationalist Party […]

Workers Power  ·  02 June 2018

The political crisis in Spain

AFTER TEN months of political wrangling and two inconclusive elections, Mariano Rajoy’s Popular Party (PP) has secured the support of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) to form a minority government. In a warning to PSOE MPs whose abstentions broke the deadlock, Rajoy said his government would be one “that can govern, not a government that […]

Dave Stockton  ·  07 November 2016

Catalonia independence referendum a headache for right and left

When Spain adopted its post-Franco constitution there was a fierce battle over the character of the state. The Right insisted on its unitary character with all its inhabitants simply “Spaniards”. The Left wanted a “plurinational state” with a federal character. The Right basically won and the 1978 constitution referred to “the common and indivisible homeland […]

Workers Power  ·  26 January 2016

Spain: deadlock after elections is a chance for new thinking

With new elections likely, workers’ mobilisations could shift the balance of forces THE Spanish general election of December 20 created a political impasse. Although the Partido Popular, PP, the governing party under Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, won the most seats, this was a hollow victory indeed. With just 28 percent of the vote and 123 […]

Workers Power  ·  26 January 2016

Hegemony or power: should Podemos be a model for the left?

In the aftermath of Labour’s defeat, speakers from the Brick Lane Debates group at the 14 May Radical Left Assembly referred to the Spanish Indignados and Podemos as models to imitate. There was even an attempt to brand the  1,000 people in the hall as the “14M Movement”. Similarly, in Left Unity, we find a […]

Workers Power  ·  19 May 2015

Podemos and the limits of responsibility

By KD Tait Spanish anti-austerity party Podemos (We Can) won 14.8 per cent and took 15 seats in elections to Andalusia’s regional parliament, doubling last year’s vote in the European elections. The meteoric rise of the fledgling party which is leading opinion polls ahead of general elections this Autumn has provoked intense debate across the […]

Workers Power  ·  07 April 2015

Podemos fails to breakthrough in Andalusia elections

By Christian Gebhardt 4 April 2015 This is super election-year in Spain. In May, there are local elections across the country and in the coming months there are elections for several regional governments. Andalusia, whose regional parliament was elected on 22 March, stands at the beginning of this long series of elections and political battles […]

Workers Power  ·  05 April 2015

Can Podemos be won to class politics?

By Christian Gebhardt Podemos, the expression of what has been called “the new politics” in Spain, has just held its first Citizens’ Assembly; the opening of a month long process of deciding on the party’s policies, constitution and candidates for next year’s general and municipal elections. Addressing over 8,000 people in the Palacio de Vistalegre, […]

Workers Power  ·  05 November 2014

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