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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Catalonia: two half-truths don't make one truth

Journalists and opinion-makers have a responsibility to inform and explain, not to divide and contribute to the escalation of conflict.

Catalonia and postfascism

A legacy that never went away has risen to the surface in Catalonia. And it explains why the independence movement in Catalonia will not be broken easily. Catalana.

Catalan National Day: free speech under threat

Otherwise mainstream politicians have stacked the deck against any possibility of negotiating over legitimate political demands. The Spanish judiciary meanwhile turns the law on its head to quench dissent.

Two kinds of justice in Spain

The recent conviction of several Basque youths with heavy sentences and the charges against Catalan politicians reveal the political nature of justice in Spain.

Exception in Catalonia one year after the referendum

What is Catalonian cooperativism’s contribution to independentism? Activists are promoting practical and concrete independence from all hegemonic powers, by building a parallel economic system.

We simply said ‘enough’: the story of Spain’s ‘Las Kellys’ hotel cleaners

From gruelling working conditions to more limited access to healthcare, austerity policies have hit women hardest. But they are fighting back.

España, último campo de pruebas de la socialdemocracia europea

En resumidas cuentas, el futuro de los partidos socialdemócratas de la UE depende muy probablemente de cómo el PSOE aborde el tema de la inmigración. English

Is Spain going to be the last test case for social democracy in the EU?

All in all, the future of the EU social democratic parties very likely depends on how the PSOE will address the migration issue. Español

Una historia de neófitos italianos y de constructores españoles

Lo que sucede en estos dos países es importante y merece mucha más atención que la que se le presta habitualmente. Es hora de reevaluar las fuerzas que están en juego en Europa. English

A story of Italian neophytes and Spanish constructors

What happens in these two countries matters and deserves much more attention. It is also time to re-assess the forces at play in Europe and claim a more equal union.

¿Qué puede hacer la izquierda en la era del populismo de derechas?

El nuevo giro a la derecha en Europa plantea una serie de retos difíciles para la izquierda, pero también crea oportunidades. English

"Tecnologías: hemos substituido la sucesión por la simultaneidad"

Santiago Alba Rico reflexiona sobre la izquierda y la derecha, el conservadurismo, el reformismo y la revolución, así como sobre la televisión y los medios digitales. Entrevista, 2ª parte. English

"Yo no hablaría de nacionalismo, sino de comunitarismo"

Durante el Festival Transeuropa, entrevistamos a Santiago Alba Rico. Habló sobre el papel de los nacionalismos y los comunitarismos en la actualidad, sobre España-Cataluña, el 15-M y el populismo. Entrevista, 1ª Parte. English

The unexpected rise of Pedro Sánchez

The rise of PSOE to government does not guarantee deep political change in Spain, but it makes Unidos Podemos a central actor, for Sánchez needs its support.

Spain’s historic motion of no-confidence: how can we understand the ousting of seemingly indestructible Mariano Rajoy, in just 72 hours?

Electoral considerations aside, for now, many of those who fought so hard for this day to come will take comfort from being able to oust the PP from power. Español

La primavera del Precariado: los movimientos sociales españoles se preparan para un nuevo ciclo de movilización

Durante el último mes, pensionistas, mujeres y activistas por el derecho a la vivienda han salido a las calles con un mensaje claro: Quieren que se termine la precariedad que sufren en su día a día. English

Precariat spring: Spanish social movements get ready for a new cycle of mobilisation

During the last month pensioners, women and housing activists suffering from precarious conditions have taken to the streets with one key demand: an end to the precarity of their lives. Español

Restore Julian Assange’s access to visitors and to the outside world

We call upon all citizens of good conscience to ask the Ecuadorian authorities to restore Assange’s access to the outside world, and demand that the British authorities end his detention.

“I wouldn’t talk about nationalism, but communitarianism”

Interview with the Spanish philosopher and Podemos Senate candidate, on the nation-state, nationalisms, populism left and right, conservatism, reformism and revolution, television and digital media. Long - 8,500 words.

The rising tide for the democratic control of water in Barcelona

Barcelona’s battle to take its water company back under public ownership is reaching its climax in the courts and at the ballot box.

At the roots of the nationalism of the rich

If we take the cases of Catalonia, Flanders and northern Italy, the formation of the nationalism of the rich generally coincided with periods of prolonged fiscal strain.

"We need a feminist constitution"

How is anyone going to go to work if no-one does the ironing, cooks, or looks after the children? I think putting this issue on the table is one of the great victories of March 8. An interview.

The untenable technophobia of the Left

On hate speech, fake news, anonymity and "new" politics. A warning. Español

Meeting Lofa

“In the Kenyan camp there are second generation and third generation refugees,” I said, “Can you imagine somebody being in there on a permanently temporary basis? It’s hopeless.” It opened their eyes a bit I hope.

Let’s not ‘politicise’: let’s skill

"We are very aware, when it comes to the whole Greek experience, that one of the problems the political left faces is … what it means to be able to implement your own ideas."

Catalan elections: all that for that?

Facilitators, middlemen, discrete openings so that both sides could start to talk to – and not scream at – each other again and try to reach a compromise, are these now European dirty words?

Catalonia and the theatres of recognition

Isn’t it the case that fellow Europeans not only have the right to comment on the affairs of their neighbours but that doing so is a political virtue which ought to be cultivated?

Catalonia’s December 21 elections

It is time for the Spanish establishment to realise that their country, like any other democracy, can’t be maintained harmoniously only by threatening the use of force and prison sentences.

South Tyrol should not be giving lessons to Barcelona

The governor of South Tyrol recently sent a letter to the Spanish and Catalan presidents highlighting his region's successful statute of autonomy. But things in this northern Italian province are not as rosy as they appear.

Carmena's city: from 2011 to the present day, how Madrid tried to change the world

The host city for Transeuropa, surfing or drowning in the waves of governing for change?

Catalonia: political prisoners or an extrajudicial elite?

It is difficult to see why actions taken by the government in Madrid ought to be regarded as a curb on dissent, and not as a preservation of the country’s constitutional order.

Catalonia and Spain: a view from the region's backcountry

“We lost against Aragón in the 15th century, against the Bourbons in the 18th century, and against Franco in the last century. We’re accustomed to losing. And if we fight Madrid, we’ll doubtless lose again.”

Foolish consistency: Spain’s Kosovo-Catalonia conundrum

By equating Kosovo with Catalonia, Spanish leaders reveal themselves as unable to distinguish between legitimate aspirations for self-rule and destabilizing separatism.

Catalonia: a cry for understanding and recognition

In Catalonia, there has long been no other option: independence is the only remaining route to social justice after Spain’s dismissal of all attempts at dialogue over the years.

En defensa del Estado de derecho en la Unión Europea

Carta abierta relativa a la defensa del Estado de derecho en la Unión Europea, co-signada por 188 académicos, políticos, intelectuales de la esfera pública y miembros del Parlamento Europeo, y enviada el 3 de Noviembre del 2017. English Català

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