Ahead of ruling in Catalan show trials
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,
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.
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.”
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
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.
Part III: The class issues posed by state foreknowledge of Islamist attacks
By Alejandro López, 12 September 2019
Revelations of state foreknowledge of the terror attack in Barcelona point to the premeditated, counterrevolutionary class policy pursued by the financial aristocracy.
Part II: The Barcelona daily La Vanguardia tries to discredit Público
By Alejandro López, 11 September 2019
The spearhead of the ruling elite’s counterattack on the Público exposure was a series of one-sided and provocative articles in La Vanguardia.
Part I: Podemos and the Catalan nationalists cover for Spanish intelligence
By Alejandro López, 10 September 2019
The exposure of NATO intelligence agencies’ complicity in Islamist networks’ August 2017 terrorist attack in Barcelona has provoked a deep political crisis in Spain.
By Alejandro López, 4 September 2019
There is deep, growing anger among workers over the massive growth of social inequality and worsening working conditions.
By Alejandro López, 6 August 2019
Their call to back the PSOE from outside government is a cynical ploy to avoid taking responsibility for the right-wing policies of the PSOE regime they are supporting.
By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 29 July 2019
Podemos took a calculated decision not to enter government with the PSOE, fearing rising opposition on its left in the working class in Spain and internationally.
By Alejandro López, 22 July 2019
The reactionary forces promoted in the bourgeois media as the “left” in Spain are downplaying or ignoring Spanish intelligence’s complicity in the 2017 attacks.
By Alejandro López, 22 July 2019
Readers are writing in to denounce the silence at explosive revelations of intelligence complicity in the 2017 Barcelona attacks in the online daily Público.
By Alex Lantier, 20 July 2019
The report is prima facie evidence of criminal behavior by the Spanish state, abetted by other NATO powers, to create the climate to build a fascistic police-state regime.
By Alejandro López, 15 July 2019
Aware that its falling electoral support reflects growing social opposition to the entire political establishment, Podemos is seeking to obtain as many posts as possible.
By Alejandro López, 12 July 2019
The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention called for the “immediate release” of Catalan nationalist political prisoners held in a show trial in Madrid.
By Alejandro López, 6 July 2019
Spain’s social-democratic government has warned it will impose hundreds of thousands of euros in fines on vessels for rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean.
By Alejandro López, 27 June 2019
Amid the growing promotion of far-right politics by the Spanish ruling elite, this decision opens the door to attempts to revise the bloody history of Spanish fascism.
By Alejandro López, 17 June 2019
If Franco is rehabilitated, it is because powerful factions of the ruling class are considering another break with legality and democratic forms of rule, in order to defend their wealth.
By Alejandro López, 3 June 2019
Podemos aims to join Spain’s social democratic government, which is preparing draconian attacks on social programs and new measures against Catalan political prisoners.
By Alex Lantier, 30 May 2019
The EU elections revealed the deep discrediting of the political establishment and its imperviousness to growing demands from the working class for political change.
By Alejandro López, 28 May 2019
A major factor in the decline of Podemos has been the experience of workers and middle-class people with this party as it ran numerous town and city halls.
By Alejandro López, 22 May 2019
The ability of companies to impose redundancies is dependent on the collaboration of Spanish unions.
By Alejandro López, 17 May 2019
The bourgeoisie hailed Rubalcaba because his defence of austerity and violent repression epitomize what it sees as desirable in a ruler.
By Alejandro López, 11 May 2019
Iglesias stressed that during their parliamentary collaboration, both parties were able “to build a relationship of trust” and dealt with each other “with frankness and empathy.”
By Alejandro Lopez and Alex Lantier, 3 May 2019
Even as the PSOE’s police-state and austerity policies fuel the far right’s rise, Podemos is asking to join a PSOE government and defending it from criticism on its left.
By Alex Lantier, 29 April 2019
Heavy voter turnout reflected, at least in part, significant numbers of people trying to cast a vote to prevent the far right from coming to power.
the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, Socialist Equality Party and Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 27 April 2019
A struggle against capitalist reaction can only proceed through the building of a new revolutionary leadership in the Spanish and international working class.
By Alejandro López, 26 April 2019
European Union sources are warning of prolonged political instability and looking to the PSOE and Podemos for an answer.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 22 April 2019
The concessions hailed by Podemos were included in the 1978 Constitution to legitimise the filthy compromise between the PSOE and the Communist Party (PCE) with the Francoites, to “forgive and forget” the crimes of fascism.
By Alejandro López, 13 April 2019
In the Orwellian atmosphere being stoked up by the ruling class in the run up to the April 28 general election, it is the victims of police brutality that are denounced as aggressors.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 2 April 2019
A major reason the party’s loss of support is mass abstention, particularly among the youth, who no longer identify Podemos as a radical alternative.
By Alejandro López, 25 March 2019
Vox and the army feel emboldened to hail Franco, a fascist mass murderer, because of the reactionary role of the Spanish Socialist Party and of Podemos.
By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 4 March 2019
The Catalan nationalists’ prosecution on charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds for organising the 2017 independence referendum has no substance.
By Alejandro López, 18 February 2019
There is broad opposition, centered above all in the working class, to EU-backed attempts to establish a police state in Spain based on anti-Catalan propaganda.
By Alejandro López, 16 February 2019
The major parties are set to run the most right-wing election campaign in Spain since the 1978 Transition to parliamentary rule, under cover of opposing Catalan separatism.
By Alex Lantier, 14 February 2019
In line with official politics across Europe, the ruling class in Spain is moving to build a police state and defending the legacy of 20th century fascism.
By Alejandro López, 11 February 2019
Spain’s right-wing parties are targeting its minority social-democratic government, backed by Podemos, that is unpopular for imposing austerity and police state rule.
By Alejandro López, 4 February 2019
The Venezuelan coup is exposing the PSOE government and its pro-imperialist ally, the pseudo-left Podemos party.
By Carlos Hernández, 29 January 2019
Barcelona taxi drivers voted to end their strike and accept the regional Catalan government’s decree establishing stricter regulations for vehicle-for-hire licenses.
By Paul Mitchell, 26 January 2019
The rise of the far-right Vox party is a devastating indictment of Errejón and the “left populism” promoted by his mentor, Belgian academic Chantal Mouffe.
By Alejandro López, 22 January 2019
Akin to an anti-terror operation, plainclothes police wearing balaclavas swooped in on the individuals and whisked them away in unmarked cars.
By Alejandro López, 14 January 2019
This is the first time a far-right party promoting the legacy of fascist dictator Francisco Franco helped form a government since the Francoite dictatorship fell 40 years ago.
By Alejandro López, 21 December 2018
Sánchez is utilising the Cabinet provocation and display of force to show the ruling class that he is prepared to move against the Catalan separatists.
By Carlos Hernández and Paul Mitchell, 14 December 2018
Union leaders made clear they called off the strike because of the political and social crisis that threatens the rule of the minority Socialist Party government.
By Paul Mitchell, 10 December 2018
The Spanish bourgeoisie is raising the profile of Vox, leading up to the Andalusian elections, with the country's establishment newspapers posting multiple articles—at least one a day—on the fascist party.
By Alejandro López, 6 December 2018
Pitched as a defense of democracy against “misinformation,” the Integrity Initiative does the opposite, spreading fake news against Russia to defend the interests of the UK and its imperialist allies.
By Paul Mitchell, 4 December 2018
It is highly likely that Vox will enter government in the role of kingmaker.
By Alejandro López, 1 December 2018
For years the regional bourgeoisie has relentlessly promoted Catalan nationalism to bury the socio-economic concerns of workers and youth, both Spanish and Catalan.
By our reporters, 24 November 2018
Amazon workers launched strikes and protests in Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland, France and the UK.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 22 November 2018
The PSOE is kept in power with the support of Podemos, Catalan, and other regional nationalist parties.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 6 November 2018
VOX has no mass base. According to the latest polls by the state-funded CIS, the party would poll just 1.6 percent if Spanish national elections were called now.
By Alejandro López, 5 November 2018
The trials, organised under the Socialist Party-led government, are expected to begin in early 2019.
By Alejandro López, 24 October 2018
Faced with growing strikes, the PSOE-Podemos government, in a cynical attempt to win support, is proposing wage increases in a budget it knows will be voted down.
By Alejandro López, 11 October 2018
Banning parties that collectively receive millions of votes would mark a major escalation in the drive of the Spanish and European bourgeoisie to establish a police state.
By Alejandro López, 2 October 2018
After figures in the Podemos leadership praised Italy’s far-right government, a movement for nationalism and appeals to right-wing parties is growing inside Podemos.
By Alejandro López, 1 October 2018
A year after the Catalan independence referendum, none of the issues that led to the referendum crisis and the violent repression by Madrid have been resolved.
By Alejandro López, 27 September 2018
Police surveillance of the Candidatures of Popular Unity, revealed in a press conference last Thursday, is a blatant and illegal violation of basic democratic rights.
By Alejandro López, 20 September 2018
While weakly criticising applause from Podemos of the Salvini government’s policies, the Pabloites are only concerned that it would expose them to criticism from the left.
By Alejandro López, 18 September 2018
Weeks after Sahra Wagenknecht launched the anti-immigrant #Aufstehen movement, figures in Podemos are discussing alliances with right-wing forces.
By Alejandro López, 10 September 2018
Podemos is signaling to the banks that it will try to stabilize the current pro-austerity government, with which it has at most minor differences.
By Alejandro Lopez and Alex Lantier, 1 September 2018
The concern of Podemos is to keep the exposure of the generals’ fascist sympathies from undermining the “humanitarian” pretenses of NATO imperialist wars.
By Paul Mitchell, 23 August 2018
The PSOE’s programme is austerity for the working class and militarism in the service of Spain’s geo-strategic ambitions.
“I had to sell my cell phone to pay for food”
By Eric London, 13 August 2018
José Antonio Rueda Bermudez, his wife and young daughter, face homelessness due to Amazon's refusal to pay medical costs for his serious on-the-job injury.
By Alejandro Lopez, 10 August 2018
A group of 181 retired Spanish army officers issued a statement hailing fascist dictator Francisco Franco for "saving" Spain during the Spanish Civil War.
By Alex Lantier, 9 August 2018
The pseudo-left party is demanding that the Spanish king be allowed to lead this year’s remembrance ceremony.
By Alejandro López, 3 August 2018
Pablo Casado’s programme is a combination of ultra-Catholic demands, support for the dismantling of the welfare state and intensification of attacks on democratic rights.
By Alejandro López, 26 July 2018
The unrelenting pursuit of rapper Josep Miquel Beltrán (stage name Valtònyc) is further evidence of the growing assault on free speech in Spain and throughout Europe.
By Alejandro López, 26 July 2018
“They put me on trial for telling true, objective facts, and that is because what is happening is scary. People are not going to be able to say what they think about those who are stealing public money from us, money taken out of our wages every month. We have the right to speak out, to criticize, to get angry.”
By Alex Lantier, 20 July 2018
Puigdemont had fled Catalonia last autumn during the brutal police crackdown launched by Madrid against the Catalan independence referendum he had organized.
By Alejandro López, 19 July 2018
The social democrats’ proposals to slow the pace of austerity reflect fear of a social rebellion by workers and youth amid a growing strike wave in Spain.
By James Lerner and Paul Mitchell, 18 July 2018
Until the police attack, the Amazon workers and their supporters had been peacefully picketing as police escorted trucks and scabs into the warehouse.
As Jeff Bezos’ wealth reaches $150 billion
By Will Morrow and Genevieve Leigh, 17 July 2018
Prime Day is treated as a virtual public holiday by the corporate media, akin to Black Friday, but it is synonymous with increased exploitation for Amazon and other shipping workers.
German court authorises extradition of Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain on embezzlement charges
By Alejandro López, 16 July 2018
In Spain, the newly installed minority Socialist Party (PSOE) government announced it would abide by the ruling, although it is a rebuke to the party's line in the Catalan crisis.
By Alejandro López, 9 July 2018
Spain’s minority Socialist Party government, backed by Podemos, is announcing symbolic measures targeting Francisco Franco’s fascist regime.
“The world should not be closing itself in—my father’s struggle was against all walls.”
By Kevin Mitchell, 2 July 2018
The WSWS spoke recently with the director of In Exile: A Family Film, a film about the Spanish Civil War and its consequences.
By Alejandro López, 27 June 2018
The new, Podemos-backed government Madrid is seeking to put a more “democratic” face on last year’s brutal police crackdown in Catalonia.
By Alejandro López, 22 June 2018
Podemos is an indispensable prop of Spain’s new PSOE government, which is pledged to impose EU austerity on workers and hike military spending.
By Paul Mitchell and Alejandro López, 14 June 2018
This is the concluding part of a three-part series on the Basque separatist group ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna—Basque Homeland and Freedom) announcing its dissolution.
By Paul Mitchell and Alejandro López, 13 June 2018
This is the second part of a three-part series on the Basque separatist group ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna—Basque Homeland and Freedom) announcing its dissolution.
By Paul Mitchell and Alejandro López, 12 June 2018
This is the first part of a three-part series on the Basque separatist group, ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna—Basque Homeland and Freedom), announcing its dissolution.
By Alejandro López, 11 June 2018
The makeup of the new cabinet indicates a restructuring of bourgeois politics even further to the right.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 30 May 2018
New elections in Spain would represent the third since December 2015, all of which produced hung parliaments.
By Alejandro López, 14 May 2018
The 500 new employees in Barcelona will join Facebook’s 20,000 censors working for the company’s “security” and “moderation” departments.
By Paul Mitchell, 11 May 2018
Errejón insists Podemos drop its “original sin” of rejecting agreements with other parties in favour of an alliance “democratic forces” in the PSOE and Ciudadanos.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 5 May 2018
Since the global capitalist crisis erupted in 2008, the CCOO and UGT have lost around 600,000 members.
By Paul Mitchell, 18 April 2018
The protest attracted considerable numbers of workers and youth who did not support secession but opposed the government’s repressive actions.
By Alejandro López, 14 April 2018
The reactionary syllabus includes the need to respect the army, the police, the flag, the anthem and the King and to uphold the unity of Spain.
By Alejandro López, 12 April 2018
The unions do not want to call for an indefinite strike and appeal to Amazon workers in Spain and Europe because they fear such a confrontation will win broad popular support.
By Steve James, 12 April 2018
The Rajoy administration’s resort to dictatorial measures is ultimately aimed at silencing all political dissent and intimidating the Spanish working class.
By Marianne Arens, 11 April 2018
Hervé Falciani, who exposed thousands of cases of tax evasion, now faces extradition to Switzerland, in a deal that could include the extradition of two Catalonian politicians.
By Alejandro López, 9 April 2018
The court’s decision is a setback for Madrid, which was confident Puigdemont would be returned to Spain and the possibility of 30 years in jail, with the German government’s tacit agreement.
By Ulrich Rippert, 7 April 2018
Puigdemont may not leave Germany until further notice, had to post bail of €75,000 and must report weekly to the police.
By Ulrich Rippert, 4 April 2018
With this decision, the state prosecutor in Schleswig-Holstein is giving its backing to the Spanish government and adopting Madrid’s arguments.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 4 April 2018
The Catalan crisis is being used to criminalise all political and social opposition under conditions of intensification of the class struggle.
By Vicky Short, 3 April 2018
Behind the police-state measures being enacted in Spain lie economic, political and social tensions that are also now finding expression in a growing movement of the working class.
By Paul Mitchell and Alejandro López, 30 March 2018
Demonstrations broke out throughout Catalonia after Spain’s supreme court ordered the arrest of former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont.
By Peter Schwarz, 30 March 2018
If the German government extradites Puigdemont to Spain, it will set a precedent for the suppression of all forms of protest and opposition.
By Peter Schwarz, 27 March 2018
The Europe-wide police-state structures, which emerged under the pretext of combatting terrorism and cracking down on refugees, are now being deployed against political opponents.
Germany and UK collude with Spanish extradition warrants against Catalan leaders Puigdemont and Ponsatí
By Steve James and Paul Mitchell, 27 March 2018
Puigdemont is expected to be detained in Germany for two to three months before a final decision is made on his extradition to Spain.