This week's editor

Heather McRobie

Heather McRobie is an editor at 5050.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

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.

Contradictions and challenges of the Podemos phenomenon

Podemos came from the streets, social media platforms and out of a horizontal ideology not found in the traditional parties.

Misión: Ciudadanos

Con un Partido Popular muy debilitado, y con los Socialistas en plena travesía del desierto, Podemos estaba ya preparando su victoria para las elecciones este año. La situación revestía peligro y había que estabilizar el sistema. De ahí que se lanzara una operación cortafuegos. English.

Mission: Ciudadanos

Podemos was poised to win this year’s elections. This was a dangerous situation and the system needed stabilizing. Hence, the launching of a firewall operation through Ciudadanos. Español.

Barcelona necesita armar una visión

Situar a las personas, y no una combinación de turismo, negocios y tecnología, en el centro del debate político puede ser un primer paso en la buena dirección. Pero no será suficiente. English.

The naked truth about Ciudadanos, Spain's counter-revolutionaries

Ciudadanos have been portrayed by the media as the 'Podemos of the right'. However, an analysis of the party and its policies reveal this is far from the case.

Barcelona needs to call for a vision

Putting people, and not a combination of businesses, technology and national identity, at the centre of the political debate, seems to be a first step in the right direction. Except it will not be enough. Español.

Reinventar la democracia urbana en Barcelona

Los ciudadanos de Barcelona están dejando a un lado el histórico bagaje de las luchas del movimiento obrero de los siglos XIX y XX e inventando un nuevo lenguaje de derechos y democracia. English.

The Andalusian Test

Looking forward from the Andalusian test, the Spanish party system has been transformed. What used to be effectively a two-party system is now a four-party system.

After Syriza: What’s next for Spain?

Although Podemos are unlikely to win an outright majority in the general election, they have galvanised the opposition to the conservative government, while simultaneously challenging the parties of the old left.

Reinventing urban democracy in Barcelona

Barcelona's citizens are setting aside the historical baggage of the nineteenth and twentieth century struggles of industrial workers movements, inventing a newly resonant language of rights and democracy. Español.

Korrika: the world's biggest language festival?

On March 19, hundreds of thousands of Basque citizens will participate in an initiative that passes a baton from hand to hand without interruption; the same baton that has become a symbol of the Basque language itself.

The Podemos wave

Never before has it become so clear that we live in societies that are politically democratic but socially fascist. The Podemos wave is a metaphor for every single attempt to find a progressive solution. 

Podemos and gender: nods and winks

Are the politics of Podemos as revolutionary as they claim, or are they just the same set of rules in a new format for yet another club for the boys?

Spain’s Year of the Polls

Spain appears to be heading towards an evolved party system in which the big players will now be four, not two. Español

Podemos, a new type of resistance

As a measure of Podemos’ success, Spaniards are beginning to use Podemos’ words and language - not the neo liberal language of the corrupt elite.

Podemos: Latin America exports political ways and means

Together with the economic good times linked largely to rising exports, we are currently witnessing an unusual historical phenomenon: Latin America is beginning to export its politics. Español.

Reforming Europe: Thomas Piketty meets Pablo Iglesias

An edited translation of the recent interview between bestselling author Thomas Piketty and Pablo Iglesias, leader of the Spanish political party Podemos, originally broadcast on Otra Vuelta de Tuerka (‘Another Turn of the Screw’) was exclusive to Juncture Online and is republished here with their kind permission.

Is a socialist EU possible via left-wing populist parties such as Syriza, Podemos and the HDP?

Syriza still needs to build a strong hegemonic culture to include the non-leftist progressive movement and to expand the bloc beyond class politics to gain the consent of society at large.

"You, a convicted minister!" - namecalling and mudslinging in the Catalan parliament

Partido Popular MPs lashed out at Catalonia’s education minister for ignoring court rulings on Catalan language use.

“Primero, tomaremos Atenas; luego, tomaremos Madrid”

El objetivo principal de Podemos es aglutinar una amplia mayoría, lo que en la práctica significa poner en pie un partido de clases medias que deje atrás el eje Derecha/Izquierda y ocupe la centralidad política. English.

“First we take Athens, then we take Madrid”

The primary goal of Podemos is to marshal an ample majority, which means in practice to build a middle-class party, and to give up the traditional Left/Right axis for a position of centrality. Español.

Podemos’ March for Change

Today’s show of mass support and the clear affection people in the crowd have for him will undoubtedly give Iglesias a much needed boost.

Connecting the Basque and Icelandic cases: an ethnographic chronicle about democratic regeneration

Though they may seem like unlikely companions, both Iceland and the Basque Country undertook unique democratic regenerations following the 2008 global economic crisis.

A silent cry in the crowded streets of Bilbao

Once again, thousands have marched in the city of Bilbao to protest the "policy of dispersal" against Basque prisoners and call for their repatriation.

Spain’s Partido Popular’s snide attacks on Catalan

Spain's ruling conservative fears a powerful, united Catalan-Valencian language and will do everything possible to keep them separate.

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.

Performing popular justice: from the disappeared to the outraged

What differentiates the escrache from merely a dangerous form of un-regulated retribution? Crucial to this question is the concept of containment.

"Unas pocas cosas" (a few minor incidents)

Yet more political corruption throughout Spain; calls for the Prime Minister’s resignation; a new left-wing party challenging bipartisan politics. Is the Spanish electorate ready to change the rules of the game?

Leaderless no more

The rise of new left leaders such as Alexis Tsipras in Greece and Pablo Iglesias in Spain reflects a new desire for leadership and political representation at odds with the neoanarchist culture that has for long dominated the radical left and influenced the movements of 2011.

A pensioner’s plight highlights Spain’s housing rights crisis

In the first six months of 2014, banks reclaimed over 26,500 homes. The dream of owning one’s own home has, for many, turned into a nightmare of foreclosures, evictions, and over-indebtedness.

Let's win back Barcelona!

Guanyem Barcelona is a citizen platform that has embarked on a mission to solve the current Spanish political crises with their own hands. This increasingly popular political movement aims to remove power from elites and bring democracy to the people. 

A political tsunami called ‘Podemos’

Are we entering the ‘bear hug’ phase in the political and economic Spanish elites’ strategy to beat Podemos, or have they begun to realise that Podemos could win?

The law is the law: legalistic distortions between official Spain and Catalonia

The Catalanists’ democratic credentials are shoehorned into a one-size-fits-all horror story of minority nationalism that allows non-violent Catalans to be condemned in carelessly violent language. 

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