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“Francesc”

Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

On 15 May a demonstration against the nature of Spanish politics took off, a week before nation-wide municipal elections. Below the surface of what seemed an utterly stagnant political system overseeing a exceptional economic crisis, the younger generation were quietly and profoundly angry. When they acted the whole of Spain was forced to debate their challenge. The right won the local elections. But what had began as a protest became an ongoing occupation of many of the town and city squares across the whole of Spain. A new kind of politics inspired by Tunisia and Egypt but taking place under conditions of political freedom may have been born. What is really happening in Spain?

Modern liberty in Plaça Catalunya

From May to July, 2011, this is one diary of the Barcelona protests that charts how they gave a voice to the frustrations and hopes of thousands of working people.

Greek protest in Syntagma Square: in between post-politics and real democracy

Syntagma Square is a political response to a highly polarised political establishment that has repeatedly failed in recent years to meet the demands of the body politic.

Real Journalism Now: the media after Spain's revolution

‘Why are the traditional media losing their credibility? Why do our citizens no longer trust us? In the Puerta del Sol - the seat of the Spanish Revolution - why were they shouting ‘Television: manipulation’?’

Beating a retreat (‘En retirada’)

Spain is the only country in the European Union with a population of over a million without a law on access to public information - a fundamental tool not just for the practice of journalism but also for the people.

May and Spain's Bermuda Triangle

Real Democracy Now, if it had done nothing else, has rescued a supine Spanish electorate from the stultifying boredom of the recent election period. However, people still turned out to vote. So what’s new?

How a divided Spain started a revolution

The Spanish Revolution is a result of deep underlying divisions running through the Spanish society, which the political class and mainstream media continue to ignore at the peril of the country's democracy.

We have broken the silence: Fresh from Madrid, a member of the Communications team of the 15 May Movement

This interview with Beatriz Pérez took place in the early morning of Thursday 26 May in English with additions from an interview she gave to radio Una linea sobre el mar (thanks to simultaneous translation by Mayte Carrasco). It was checked and finalised by Beatriz on Saturday 28 May.

Some kind of revolution

In Puerta del Sol, the camp’s peaceful and serious ethos seems to have won the demonstrators the respect of many older members of the Madrid community. Can it have lasting impact across the country?

Understanding ‘Spanishrevolution’

For the last week, Spain has been rocked with its own ‘Spanishrevolution’ - a civil movement which has sprung up to demand deep democratic changes.

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