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Dawn Foster, Co-Editor

Dawn Foster is Co-Editor at 5050 and a freelance journalist.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The poisoned chalice

Part two of the insider view of negotiations between Greece and the Eurogroup. When is a rescue not a rescue but a seizure of assets? Interview.

Catalonia's regional elections: scenarios for independence

Should the pro-independence parties win a majority in the regional elections on 27 September, what would happen next? Here are a few scenarios on how the independists may use their popular mandate to secede from Spain.

Independence from whom? Catalonia's existential elections

Catalonia seems about to become a living laboratory for popular sovereignty in post-crisis Europe. Español.

¿Independencia de quién? Elecciones existenciales en Cataluña

Cataluña parece a punto de convertirse en un laboratorio de la soberanía popular en la Europa poscrisis. English.

Catalonia: a new country in the making?

A few years ago, independence supporters like me were a minority in parliament. Now I feel we are just a small step away from an independent Catalan state.

Podemos’ dilemma and why leadership still matters

Running for office means engaging in an operation that is intrinsically reductive and hegemonic, whether we like it or not.

Spain’s hologram protests

Millions of Spaniards have engaged in protests over the past four years. As of July 1 they can be subject to disproportionate fines and even jail for exercising their democratic rights to freedom of expression, assembly, protest and information. Interview. 

Moving beyond the squares: anticipating the debate

On July 3-4, the LSE will jointly host a seminar with openDemocracy on the impact of the movements in the squares from 2011 onwards. Do they contribute to the democratic renewal of our democracies and if so how? A conversation.

La resistencia de la sociedad civil y la geopolítica de la impunidad

El jurista español que persiguió a Pinochet reflexiona sobre la batalla para derrocar a la impunidad en Chile, Argentina, y en España para sacudirse la amnesia colectiva. Publicado previamente en openSecurity. English

A força da sociedade civil e a geopolítica da impunidade

O jurista espanhol que perseguiu Pinochet reflete sobre a batalha para derrubar a impunidade no Chile e na Argentina e oferece-nos a sua visão sobre os esforços em curso em Espanha para combater a amnésia coletiva. Publicado previamente em openSecurity. English

Civil resistance and the geopolitics of impunity

The Spanish jurist who went after Pinochet reflects on the battle to unseat impunity in Chile and Argentina, and looks ahead to Spain's continued efforts to shake off its collective amnesia. Español

De las plazas al poder en cuatro años y diez días

Los activistas han conseguido transformar con gran eficacia la política española durante los años de la crisis. Tras las elecciones locales del 24M, vemos cómo las consecuencias del movimiento 15M están emergiendo todavía. English

From the squares to power in four years, 10 days

How Spain’s skilful activists have transformed politics during the crisis years and how the full effects of 15-M are still emerging. Español.

Los correos de Blesa: el fin de una era

España, Diciembre 2013: se filtran alrededor de 800 e-mails enviados desde cuentas oficiales de Caja Madrid entre el 2000 y el 2009, relativos a las actuaciones de su anterior presidente, Miguel Blesa, que han llevado ante los tribunales a más de cien banqueros y politicos. Presentamos la historia que hay detrás de los correos de Blesa, re-publicados hoy. English

Os correios eletrónicos de Blesa: o fim de uma era

Espanha, Dezembro 2013: a filtração de 8000 correios eletrónicos enviados desde contas de correio eletrónico oficiais da “Caixa Madrid” entre 2000 e 2009, nos quais se reflete a conduta do seu antigo presidente, Miguel Blesa, foram essenciais para levar perante a Justiça a mais de 100 banqueiros e políticos. Apresentamos portanto a história por detrás dos correios de Blesa, republicados hoje. English

Blesa's e-mails: the end of an era

Spain, December 2013: 8,000 leaked e-mails sent from Caja Madrid corporate accounts, regarding the actions of former president, Miguel Blesa, have led to over 100 bankers and politicians facing trial. This is the inside story of Blesa’s e-mails, from those behind the leak. English

A dilemma for Podemos

Bitter-sweet success in Spain’s regional and local election forces Podemos to choose - between joining with other left parties, following the example of Barcelona and Madrid, or going it alone in the autumn legislative election.

On gender and migration

More than through any other lens, migration foregrounds gender as a construct that is also at once a process in the making.

Building cultural citizenship with women seeking refuge and asylum

Using participatory, biographical and visual methods, we got in touch with women’s ‘realities’ in a way that demanded critical reflection.

Face to face

As an anthropologist and ethnographer, I attempt to gain access to the participants’ memories in the way I would have liked to have been interviewed. 

Female migration, urban relocation and remaking home: excerpts from a report

Key recommendations from the exploration of migration, relocation and settlement in an urban context, through the ethnographic project, “Women of the World: Home and Work in Barcelona”.

24M: It was not a victory for Podemos, but for the 15M movement

An open letter to our friends in Podemos.

Why photography matters

It is no longer the extraordinariness of the image, but rather its familiarity that lends credibility to the representation of how these immigrant women have made new lives in the city.

Language and integration in Barcelona, a globalised bilingual city

Interviews for the UNU-GCM project, Women of the World, tell us about the encounter of women immigrants in Barcelona with new language(s).

The people united: on the populism of the Mediterranean purple wave

The populist discourse of Podemos and Syriza is the attempt to cope with a post-industrial and crisis-ridden economy in which traditional class identifications fail to mobilise the electorate.

Scandal and corruption: Spanish voters take their chances

With the two party system under threat in Spain following last week's elections, the right is sounding increasingly ridiculous as it accuses the left of trying to destroy constitutional democracy.

Beyond Ada Colau: the common people of Barcelona en Comú

Since the launch of Barcelona en Comú less than a year ago, Colau has taken pains to emphasize that she is just the most visible face of a movement that is horizontal in structure and collective in spirit.

Towards a new municipal agenda in Spain

How did Spain's activist-politicians first get onto the ballot paper? Spain's media should take note - through their roots in prominent local struggles and willingness to spearhead radical democratic participation.

Spanish election: analysis of an earthquake

The Spanish regional and local elections have sent shockwaves through the country. What happens now?

Spanish voters wake up to new political landscape

Yesterday’s Spanish municipal and regional elections confirmed what the opinion polls have shown for the past year: the electorate is in a flux, and the voters punished the old parties and rewarded the new ones.

Cuatro años después del 15 M, ¿tendrá un Indignado que matar a un elefante?

Muchos de los que hace cuatro años ocuparon las plazas de las principales capitales españolas están hoy a punto de ocupar escaños en sus ayuntamientos o parlamentos regionales tras las próximas elecciones. ¿Tendrán que dispararle al proverbial elefante? Publicado previamente en Can Europe Make It. English

15M four years on: will an Indignado have to shoot an elephant?

A number of those who occupied the central squares of major Spanish capitals four years ago are set to win seats in their city councils or regional parliaments in the upcoming elections. Will they have to shoot the proverbial elephant? Español.

First we take Barcelona...

This spring, Barcelona has become, once again, the battleground for the radical soul of Europe.

Gagged in the name of security

The responses by the Spanish government to the escalation of public protest have taken increasingly threatening forms. Gag laws put the very essence of democracy at risk.

Civil resistance and the geopolitics of impunity

The Spanish jurist who went after Pinochet reflects on the battle against impunity in Chile and Argentina, and Spain's  efforts to shake off its collective amnesia. From States of Impunity.

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