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The European elections seem to have re-awakened revolutionary fervour among the Spanish. The rise of Podemos, a grassroots civic movement, has shaken up a corrupt, immobile political class. The King abdicated in favour of his son amidst increasing republican sentiment. And in the Basque Country and Catalonia, pro-independence movements are growing in strength, making Madrid's avoidance strategy untenable.

Could this be Spain's revolutionary moment? In the aftermath of the Euro elections, morose Europe could certainly use a spark of Iberian hope.

Spain: how a democratic country can silence its citizens

Spain, one of the European countries at the sharp end of imposed austerity measures, has also been in the vanguard of imposing restrictions on protest against them. Archive: originally published May 2014. Español

Podemos: a cat among the pigeons in Catalonia

Podemos supports the principle of Catalan self-determination, but hopes that Catalans would vote to stay in Spain, for a ‘right to decide’ about ‘everything’. This is radical.

Podemos, Can We? An appeal to all women and men who hope and strive for a true transformation in Spain, in Europe and beyond

This is an appeal to all women and men who have had enough and are seeking to bring about a true social and political transformation in Spain, in Europe and beyond. It is an urgent appeal because the danger that triggers it is imminent, clear and distinct, but avoidable.

The Spanish town where people come before profit

The remarkable story of Marinaleda - the Andalucian town based on co-operative and social-democratic principles that is bucking the moribund trend in Spain.

Catalan independence: the necessary choice

After many years of beating our heads against the wall of the Spanish state, trying to reform it into something more multi-national, we’ve come to the conclusion that it is best to simply jump over that wall. Interview with the Catalan National Assembly (Assemblea Nacional Catalana).

Just who are Podemos?

Who are the people voting for Podemos? An analysis of election data reveals some surpising results.

For Spanish democrats, this is the time to demand the reinstatement of the republic

The monarchy in Spain is an institution that is intimately linked with the fascist regime of General Franco. Spain’s democrats must now push for the return of the republic more than ever.

Human chain demanding the Basque right to decide gathers 150,000

On the 8 June 2014, thousands of citizens from the Basque Country demanded the right to decide their future by creating a human chain of 123 kilometres between the town of Durango and the city of Iruñea (Pamplona).

Podemos, or how the European elections helped trigger the early exit of a king

The extraordinary electoral success of Podemos, given its short trajectory, has had the greatest repercussion because it threatens the electoral strategies of almost all major players in Spain.

Podemos: the machine is still under construction

The new institutions don't need to integrate the constituent demands to their representation, but to be in themselves constituent – constitute through their actions and organizational structures the autogovernance of the many.

The King is dead!

The King is dead! Long live the giddy baby elephant of the people!

The Last King of Spain?

After 39 years on the throne, Juan Carlos de Borbón has announced his abdication of the Spanish Crown in favor of his son, Felipe. But with leftist, republican and independence movements brewing, could Felipe be the last King of Spain?

“Spain is Different”: Podemos and 15-M

Podemos has presented itself as a party of "decent ordinary people”, who understand the needs of ordinary citizens and are open to taking their lead from them through the participatory process (as opposed to positioning themselves as the intellectual vanguard). 

Surveillance in Spain: a slowly developing debate amid political indifference

How did the Snowden saga impact Spain? How did the government and society react to the revelations about surveillance and privacy? Where do they stand almost twelve months later?

Longing for democracy in Spain

The death of Adolfo Suárez, the first democratic PM of post-Franco Spain, at the age of 81, has reminded a depressed and disenchanted Spanish society that there was once a moment when they prevailed over the odds of history.

Spain and Catalonia: an Iberian dilemma

PM Mariano Rajoy has refused even to acknowledge the possibility of a Catalan referendum on independence. Does he realise that his options to save the integrity of the Spanish state are dwindling?

Trapped in the Eurozone - the deep nature of Spain's economic woes

The logic behind tax avoidance is the lack of trust. If you do not trust your fellow countrymen (and particularly the state) and think they will cheat on their taxes, then there is no point in you paying at all.

Spain: national television, government tool?

The Spanish government's  determination to manipulate public television and treat viewers as idiots is backfiring. Liz Cooper reports on the response of the private sector, backed by social networks and free press

The legacy of the indignados

Much has been written about the indignados, what was new about them and what is, or will be, their legacy. It is time to acknowledge that the indignados have redefined how – and where! – we engage in politics.

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