Spain

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government builds migrant concentration camps on Canary Islands

By Alice Summers, 25 November 2020

Like Syriza in Greece, the “left populist” Podemos party is supporting the building of mass internment camps to imprison thousands of refugees.

COVID-19 infections spread rapidly in Spain amid government inaction

By Alice Summers, 23 November 2020

Despite the dangerously high infection figures, the Podemos-Socialist Party government has refused to take the action required to curb the pandemic, imposing only limited and ineffectual curfew measures, with some areas of the country beginning to scale back restrictions.

The Endless Trench: Hiding for decades from the Spanish fascists

By David Walsh, 20 November 2020

The film fictionally treats an actual phenomenon, the dozens or more of left-wing opponents of Franco, known as “moles,” who concealed themselves in their own homes for 30 years following the defeat of the Republican forces in 1939.

Record daily coronavirus death tolls in Italy and Spain since September

By Will Morrow, 19 November 2020

On Tuesday, another 731 people died in Italy, and 753 on Wednesday, the highest tolls since the previous peak in March.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government imposes internet censorship

By Alice Summers, 17 November 2020

The “left populist” Podemos party is endorsing state censorship of the Internet, supposedly to fight “disinformation” and “foreign intervention.”

Stalinist Podemos minister pledges to keep US military bases in Spain

By Alejandro López, 14 November 2020

Alberto Garzón defended Spain’s deal with the Pentagon, citing the fact that Democrat Joe Biden recently won the presidential elections.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos regime rejects lock-downs as COVID-19 soars

By Alice Summers, 10 November 2020

The priorities of the ruling class in Spain are clear: even if lockdown measures could largely eliminate the virus in only a few weeks, they would rather see mass contagion and death in order to ensure the working class keeps producing profits.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government rejects calls for shelter-at-home policy

By Alejandro López, 3 November 2020

The “left populist” Podemos party is helping keep workers at work and children at school so that profits can continue accruing to major banks and investors.

Spanish police make ludicrous claim Russia plotted to invade Catalonia

By Alejandro López, 31 October 2020

Spain’s paramilitary police also made basesless allegations that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange was party to a plot involving 10,000 Russian troops attacking Spain.

Spain’s “left populist” Podemos separates migrant children from their parents

By Alejandro López, 24 October 2020

A dozen children in the Canary Islands had been separated from their mothers or relatives for months, while DNA testing was carried out to verify they were related.

COVID-19 resurgence devastates Spanish working class

By Alice Summers, 20 October 2020

Despite the devastation caused by COVID-19, the Socialist Party-Podemos government is refusing to take any serious measures to contain the pandemic.

French, Spanish hospital workers protest as COVID-19 spreads across Europe

By Will Morrow, 15 October 2020

Protests are driven by demands for desperately-needed resources for hospital workers to fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The lifestyles of the pseudo-left

Podemos minister Irene Montero poses for Vanity Fair

By Alice Summers, 12 October 2020

The interview with the partner of Podemos general secretary Pablo Iglesias aimed to reassure Vanity Fair’s affluent readership that Podemos is utterly corrupt.

State of emergency declared in Madrid as COVID-19 resurgence sweeps Europe

By Jordan Shilton, 10 October 2020

New daily infections in Europe Friday surpassed the 100,000 mark for the second day running.

Spanish court bars Catalan regional premier from holding public office

By Alejandro López, 5 October 2020

Regardless of who is in power in Madrid, the ruling class exploits the Catalan issue in order to shift politics further to the right and build a police state.

PSOE, Podemos propose herd immunity as COVID-19 rips through Madrid

By Alejandro López, 3 October 2020

This week, the Spanish government reached a deal with Madrid regional authorities on policies for the working class districts hardest hit by the virus.

Youth protests over COVID-19 mount in working-class districts of Madrid

By Alejandro López, 28 September 2020

Madrid is the epicentre of the resurgence of COVID-19 in Spain, now the worst-hit country in Western Europe, with 51 dying last Friday alone.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government assaults protests vs. herd immunity policy

By Alejandro López, 26 September 2020

As 7,500 army troops deploy to Madrid amid a Europe-wide resurgence of COVID-19, this crackdown is a threat aimed at the entire working class.

Spanish pseudo-left covers for union complicity in back-to-school drive

By Alice Summers, 25 September 2020

The Morenoite Workers Revolutionary Current, and its daily publication Izquierda Diario, is refusing to oppose the return to classrooms, aiming instead to divert opposition to it into impotent channels.

Exposure of Trump’s lies on COVID-19 implicates Spain’s Podemos party

By Alejandro López, 15 September 2020

Though it had access to intelligence briefings on the deadly danger posed by the pandemic, Podemos adopted a criminally negligent policy.

“Practically all children, one way or another, will be infected”

Spanish government demands schools reopen as COVID-19 deaths surge

By Alice Summers, 11 September 2020

The PSOE-Podemos government is deliberately implementing a reckless and criminal policy that will lead to an explosion of cases and many unnecessary deaths.

European countries force children back to school amid resurgence of COVID-19

By Alejandro López, 22 August 2020

The drive to reopen schools after the summer break continues unabated throughout Europe as the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates across the continent.

Spanish unions agree to shut down Barcelona Nissan plants

By Alice Summers, 22 August 2020

The deal adds a further year to the ticking time-bomb of mass firings, postponing the approximately 25,000 job losses from the end of 2020 to the end of 2021.

Over a million jobs lost in Spain amid coronavirus pandemic

By Alice Summers, 12 August 2020

Another 1 million workers are still furloughed in Spain, and will likely be cast onto unemployment rolls when this scheme comes to an end in the autumn.

King Juan Carlos flees Spain to avoid corruption probe

By Alejandro López, 11 August 2020

Former King Juan Carlos I de Borbón who reigned from 1975 until his abdication in 2014 has fled Spain amid investigations into suspected kickbacks and fraud.

COVID-19 surges in Spain as government pushes reopening of schools

By Alejandro López, 5 August 2020

The return to school is a criminal policy exposing children, teachers, families and neighbourhoods to serious illness and death.

Migrant farmworkers in Spain protest amid COVID-19 surge

By Alice Summers, 4 August 2020

Low-paid agricultural workers are seen as an entirely dispensable workforce, forced to work back-breaking days in appalling conditions.

Spain’s Podemos hails €750 billion EU bank bailout for COVID-19 crisis

By Alejandro López, 28 July 2020

The EU bailout Iglesias calls a “breath of fresh air” is the roll-out across Europe of the model of Greek bailouts after the 2008 crash, to repay trillions of euros given to the rich.

Catalan politicians’ phones hacked by government-grade spyware

By Alice Summers, 24 July 2020

The hacking occurred under the premiership of Pedro Sánchez of the Spanish Socialist Party, which is now backed by the pseudo-left Podemos party.

Barcelona residents told to stay at home as COVID-19 resurges across Europe

By Alejandro López, 20 July 2020

Regional authorities have asked over 4 million people not to leave their homes, as the back-to-work campaigns accelerates the contagion of COVID-19 across Europe.

Far-right Vox party to launch fascist trade union in Spain

By Alejandro López, 13 July 2020

Vox intends to exploit the reactionary role played by Spain’s main unions, which support the austerity policies of the ruling Podemos and Socialist parties.

Spain imposes regional lockdowns amid resurgence of COVID-19

By Alice Summers, 10 July 2020

After ending the national lockdown, the Podemos-PSOE government is rejecting a coordinated response, leaving regional authorities with managing outbreaks.

Spanish unions isolate Nissan workers’ struggle

By Alice Summers, 8 July 2020

As assaults on jobs and conditions mount across Spain, the unions are trying to suppress autoworkers’ opposition to the closure of Nissan’s Barcelona factory.

Spain participated in failed 2019 US coup in Venezuela

By Alejandro López, 4 July 2020

New information emerging about the coup exposes Spain’s ruling “left populist” party, Podemos, as a tool of imperialism’s bloody foreign policy in Latin America.

Striking Spanish Nissan workers boo unions and Podemos mayor of Barcelona

By Alejandro López, 15 June 2020

This points to the explosive conflict emerging between the working class and the pseudo-left and the unions in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and an upsurge of class struggle.

Anticapitalistas leave Spain’s Podemos-Socialist Party government

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 11 June 2020

Anticapitalistas is being sent out of Podemos to function as a paid political agency of the state, intervening in protests and strikes against Podemos in order to strangle them.

Nissan confirms job cuts as strike against Spanish plant closures continues

By Alejandro López, 6 June 2020

Thousands of Nissan workers, their families and sympathisers are striking, protesting and blocking roads to protest the automaker’s decision to shut down its Barcelona plant.

COVID-19: Podemos, social-democrats prepare to send Spanish police against workers’ protests

By Alejandro López, 18 May 2020

The “left populist” Podemos party is backing plans for Civil Guards to attack working class protests and monitor social media for signs of online dissent.

Podemos pushes “back to work” as Spanish army expects new COVID-19 outbreak

By Alejandro López, 11 May 2020

The state is placing the lives of millions of workers going back to work in danger, putting corporate profits above workers’ lives.

Strikes and workers’ protests mount against “back to work” campaign

By Shannon Jones, 9 May 2020

The incompetence and callous disregard for human life by the capitalist authorities in country after country is fueling an upsurge in the class struggle.

Spain bans May Day protests on “public health” grounds while sending millions back to work

By Alejandro López, 5 May 2020

Spanish courts ruled that the COVID-19 danger outweighs basic democratic rights, but Madrid does not believe it outweighs workers’ duty to produce profits for the capitalists.

Euro zone economy contracts at record pace

By Nick Beams, 2 May 2020

The European Central Bank has taken the same road as the US Fed, committing itself to pump still more money across the board into the financial markets.

Spain ends confinement, moving to “new normal” as COVID-19 cases rise

By Alejandro López, 30 April 2020

On Tuesday evening, Sánchez outlined his government’s plan under the name “ Transition Plan to a New Normal.”

Spain’s Podemos party acquiesces to legal persecution of its member Isabel Serra

By Alejandro López, 28 April 2020

Serra was sentenced to a draconian 18 months in prison and a €2000 fine for attending a protest against the eviction of a disabled person in a working class area of Madrid.

Spain: Podemos Labour Ministry accepts that hundreds of thousands will die from COVID-19

By Alejandro López, 25 April 2020

Podemos bases its policy of forcing nonessential workers back to work in Spain on its willingness to accept millions of infections and hundreds of thousands of deaths.

Europe’s pandemic death toll passes 100,000

By Robert Stevens, 20 April 2020

The five major states in Europe—Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the UK—account for around 85,000 of the 100,000 plus deaths.

Spanish workers strike against being forced to work without protection

By Alejandro López, 20 April 2020

Telepizza workers are striking as the Socialist Party-Podemos coalition government orders millions of workers back to work facing unsafe conditions.

Spanish workers furious as unions support “back to work” in COVID-19 pandemic

By Alejandro López, 14 April 2020

Working class anger is rising against the Socialist Party-Podemos government, which forced millions of non-essential workers back to work yesterday

COVID-19 deaths surpass 76,000 in Europe as Spanish government sends millions back to work

By Robert Stevens, 13 April 2020

More than 30 National Health Service workers are reported to have died as the UK’s death toll rises above 10,000.

Spanish unions support back-to-work order amid raging pandemic

By Alejandro López, 13 April 2020

The order threatens to lead to hundreds of thousands of more infections and tens of thousands of deaths, while big business reaps massive profits.

European governments plot return to work in midst of pandemic

By Thomas Scripps, 11 April 2020

As plans were being hatched over how to impose a return to work, over 4,000 new pandemic deaths were reported in Europe on Friday, bringing the total for the continent to over 70,000.

Spanish government to force workers in non-essential industries back to work

By Alejandro López, 11 April 2020

Podemos and the Spanish social democrats are needlessly sacrificing thousands of workers’ lives in order to boost corporate profits amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Europe’s investors celebrate stock market rally as thousands die of COVID-19

By Jordan Shilton, 10 April 2020

While over 4,100 people died of COVID-19 yesterday, stock markets finished the week with huge gains as the ruling elite’s plan to force workers back to work emerges.

As Europe’s COVID-19 death toll nears 50,000, British PM Johnson admitted to hospital

By Robert Stevens, 6 April 2020

There is mounting evidence that fatalities are much higher when deaths outside hospitals are factored in.

Unemployment surges in Europe amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Alex Lantier, 4 April 2020

The catastrophe now unfolding in Europe is rooted not in the biological properties of the coronavirus, but in the political bankruptcy of European capitalism.

Spanish police assault steelworkers striking against COVID-19 “back-to-work” order

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 30 March 2020

The police assault on the Sidenor steel factory in the Basque Country was carried out under the authority of the pseudo-left Podemos party and the Spanish social-democrats.

Pandemic death toll in Europe rises to 19,000 as savaged health care systems are overwhelmed

By Thomas Scripps and Alice Summers, 28 March 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is preying on Europe’s 500 million-plus population whose health care services have been decimated by years of government austerity and private sector looting.

Coronavirus in Europe: Overworked hospitals become death traps

By Gregor Link, 28 March 2020

The criminal inactivity of European governments has led to a murderous and vicious circle of overwork, infection and work absences in hospitals throughout the continent.

Death toll over 12,000 in Europe as coronavirus infections escalate

By Thomas Scripps, 25 March 2020

WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom insisted it was still possible to “change the trajectory,” but warned that governments were failing to devote the necessary resources to the crisis.

Over 620 deaths in Italy on Friday as coronavirus fatalities surge in Europe

By Robert Stevens, 21 March 2020

Italy, Spain, Belgium and the UK all recorded their largest single-day death tolls in the global coronavirus pandemic on Friday.

Going into lockdown, Europe overtakes China as coronavirus epicenter

By Alex Lantier, 18 March 2020

Europe is set to soon have more coronavirus cases than China and already has seen more deaths: 3,401 people have died in Europe, and 3,226 have died in China.

Spain puts Madrid, Basque country on lockdown as coronavirus cases multiply

By Alejandro López, 11 March 2020

The decision came after Spain’s Ministry of Health said there were 1,622 registered cases, compared to 1,200 the day before.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government sends police to Greece to attack migrants

By Alejandro López, 9 March 2020

The pseudo-left is complicit in the dispatching of police to Greece, where far right thugs are attacking refugees with the complicity of the government.

Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias joins state commission running Spanish intelligence

By Alejandro López, 2 March 2020

Iglesias is sworn to secrecy as he oversees an organization with a long history of brutal repression and targeted assassinations of militant workers and left-wing groups.

Anticapitalistas prepare to leave Spain’s Podemos-Socialist Party government

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 13 February 2020

Amid growing protests against the right-wing policies of Podemos, its Anticapitalistas faction called for a “civilized, respectful, empathetic and even loving” separation from Podemos.

Farmers protest Socialist Party-Podemos government in Madrid

By Alejandro López, 6 February 2020

As thousands of farmers don yellow vests, echoing mass social protests in France, the reactionary Socialist Party-Podemos government fears a social explosion in Spain.

General strike for jobs and pensions erupts in Spain’s Basque Country

By Alejandro López, 3 February 2020

The central issue is to take the struggle out of the hands of the unions and appeal for broad support in the Spanish working class against the Podemos-PSOE government.

At Davos, Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government shows the banks its credentials

By Alejandro López, 27 January 2020

Speaking at the World Economic Forum, Pedro Sánchez reiterated that his new Spanish Socialist Party coalition government with Podemos is committed to austerity.

Spain’s new PSOE-Podemos government commits itself to austerity and war

By Alejandro López, 13 January 2020

Described by its architects as Spain’s most progressive government since the Second Republic (1931-1939), it is in fact committed to austerity, repression and militarism.

Podemos enters Spanish government

By Alex Lantier, 8 January 2020

The formation of the government capped two months of manoeuvres within the Spanish ruling elite after the November 10 elections produced yet another hung parliament.

PSOE-Podemos loses investiture vote as Spanish right attacks Catalan government

By Alejandro López, 8 January 2020

On Sunday, acting Socialist Party (PSOE) Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez failed in a first vote to obtain the required majority to establish a government in coalition with the pseudo-left Podemos party.

Far-right Spanish general demands ouster of Socialist Party government

By Alejandro López, 24 December 2019

According to El País, this call from the former chief of staff of the Spanish army is circulating widely in the officer corps among WhatsApp groups.

EU court rules jailed Catalan nationalist Junqueras had immunity

By Alejandro López, 23 December 2019

Madrid nevertheless kept Junqueras in jail over his role in the 2017 Catalan independence referendum and did not allow him to take his European parliament seat.

Assange gives evidence in Spanish case against security contractor

By Thomas Scripps, 21 December 2019

David Morales, a former Spanish military officer, is accused of spying on Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy and was charged in October with privacy violation, bribery and money laundering.

Unions demand jailed Catalan leader support Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government

By Alejandro López, 10 December 2019

Spain’s two largest trade unions are directly complicit with the attempt by Podemos and the Socialist Party to install a pro-austerity, police-state regime.

Catalan nationalists negotiate over support for PSOE-led Spanish government

By Alejandro López, 4 December 2019

The Catalan nationalist parties are negotiating with the social democrats, even as the social democrats assault mass protests in Catalonia and target the nationalist parties.

Spanish judge to question Assange over illegal CIA spying in Ecuadorian embassy

By Oscar Grenfell, 2 December 2019

British authorities had previously sought to block the interview, because the spying operation exposes the illegality of the entire US-led campaign against the WikiLeaks publisher.

Podemos party backs Spanish internet censorship law

By Alejandro Lopez and Alex Lantier, 29 November 2019

The about-face of Podemos after the November 10 elections to back censorship is yet another bitter lesson in the treachery of this petty-bourgeois, “left populist” party.

Madrid steps up repression in Catalonia after PSOE-Podemos government accord

By Alejandro López, 25 November 2019

The Podemos-backed social-democratic government threatens to impeach the Catalan regional premier and reduce the use of the Catalan language in Catalonia’s public schools.

Spanish pseudo-lefts try to block opposition to Podemos-PSOE regime

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 23 November 2019

Middle-class parties in Spain are peddling illusions in factions of Podemos even after it has agreed to govern with the Socialist Party on a program of austerity and repression.

The Spanish election crisis and the treachery of Podemos

By Alex Lantier, 15 November 2019

With its anti-worker policies, the “left populist” party Podemos allows the neo-fascists to grow by posturing as the only opposition to a corrupt political establishment.

Podemos agrees to back Spanish social-democratic government

By Alex Lantier, 13 November 2019

Podemos is aware that the PSOE is organizing violent repression in Catalonia that strengthens the fascistic Vox party, and supports the PSOE on this basis.

Far-right Vox declares itself main opposition party as Spanish government talks begin

By Alejandro López, 12 November 2019

Sunday’s elections resulted once again in a hung parliament, the fourth in as many elections in Spain since 2015.

The Spanish elections and the rise of the fascistic Vox party

By Alex Lantier, 12 November 2019

Vox is part of a broad trend in European capitalist politics toward the promotion of neo-fascist parties, nationalism and the furious public legitimization of fascist dictators.

Fascistic Vox party surges in Spanish election as hung parliament emerges

By Alex Lantier, 11 November 2019

The rise of the fascistic right follows a reactionary election campaign oriented around all the major parties’ support for police crackdowns on mass protests in Catalonia.

Spain’s November 10 elections and the fight against authoritarian rule

By Alejandro Lopez, 9 November 2019

On Sunday, Spain will hold its fourth general elections in as many years, six months after the last elections this April.

Spanish election candidates denounce socialism, back repression in TV debate

By Alex Lantier, 8 November 2019

As Podemos and the social democrats back austerity, nationalism and militarism, the ruling class is creating the conditions for the fascistic Vox party to rise rapidly.

Right-wing campaign unfolds in Spain for November 10 elections

By Alejandro López, 4 November 2019

By making support for police repression in Catalonia the centre of the election campaign, Spain’s major parties are accelerating the rise of the fascistic Vox party.

Exhumation of Franco: Spain’s ruling class pays homage to a fascist dictator

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 2 November 2019

Last week, the Spanish Socialist Party government exhumed the remains of fascist dictator General Francisco Franco from his vast “Valley of the Fallen” mausoleum.

Mass rally against jailing of Catalan nationalists in Barcelona

By Alejandro López, 28 October 2019

Two weeks before the November 10 general elections in Spain, hundreds of thousands marched in Barcelona Saturday afternoon.

Madrid steps up repression of protests against Catalan crackdown

By Alejandro López, 22 October 2019

The ruling class is terrified that protests will erupt across Spain and beyond, linking the defence of democratic rights to the growing upsurge of working class struggles.

Draconian verdict against Catalan politicians exposes bankruptcy of Podemos

By Alejandro López, 21 October 2019

This crisis is giving workers and youth internationally yet another bitter lesson in the reactionary role of affluent middle class, “post-Marxist” populist parties.

General strike paralyzes Catalonia as over half-a-million demonstrate in Barcelona

By Alejandro López, 19 October 2019

Broad sections of youth and workers mobilized to protest the police state that is emerging in Spain, and more broadly across Europe.

The jailing of Catalan nationalists: Spanish government builds a police state

By Alex Lantier, 17 October 2019

The Spanish Supreme Court’s sentencing Monday of a dozen Catalan nationalists to a decade in prison for sedition is a politically illegitimate ruling that will live in infamy.

Spanish police attack mass protests against prison terms for Catalan nationalists

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 15 October 2019

The ruling against defendants involved in the 2017 Catalan independence referendum is the outcome of a show trial and part of the Spanish ruling class’s drive toward dictatorship.

Ahead of ruling in Catalan show trials

Catalan nationalists, Spanish unions and pseudo-left demobilize opposition

By Alejandro López, 12 October 2019

The Catalan bourgeois nationalists are terrified of growing opposition in the working class to the austerity and police-state policies of the Spanish ruling class. Jordi Sànchez,

Spanish Supreme Court approves exhumation of fascist dictator Francisco Franco

By Alejandro López, 11 October 2019

Despite the legitimate hatred that millions of workers feel for Franco, the fascist dictator and mass murderer, the exhumation ruling is a dangerous political fraud.

Madrid launches “anti-terror” crackdown in Catalonia

By Alejandro López, 26 September 2019

Spain’s Civil Guards have launched a widely publicized “anti-terror” police operation against Catalan nationalist activists, code-named “Operation Judes.”

Podemos backs Madrid’s plans for repression against Catalonia

By Alejandro Lopez, 24 September 2019

Last Friday, Podemos General Secretary Pablo Iglesias announced his party would back repressive measures against Catalonia if it were part of a Socialist Party-led government

Election set for November 10 as attempts to form Spanish government collapse

By Alejandro López, 19 September 2019

King Felipe VI declared that social-democratic Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez had failed to secure enough support to be confirmed as premier.