Spain

Pablo Iglesias: “We are dreaming but we take our dreams very seriously”

Hundreds of thousands formed a sea of people that literally took over the centre of Madrid in what was called the March for Change. Podemos (the new Spanish left party that formed last year) wanted to measure their forces and…

Spain court charges 78 bank officials for misusing credit cards

A Spanish court has charged 78 senior bank officials for misusing credit cards for their personal use. On Wednesday, Jude Fernando Andreu of Spain’s National Court charged the former bosses, executives, and board members of the country’s two renowned banks,…

Spain’s Moroccan Enclave: The Story Behind the Picture

Human Wrongs Watch Nador, Morocco, 9 January 2015 (IRIN)* – Late last year an image went viral. In it two golfers, dressed in white on lush green fairways, appear oblivious as in the background around a dozen migrants try to scale…

Podemos: an unusual process

Deliberation in Podemos[1] is public and open, it allows for varying degrees of involvement, within it are participating people from social movements and its structure is designed not only for militants but rather for popular participation. By Olga Rodríguez for…

Spanish Protesters Call for Referendum on Monarchy as King Abdicates

In Spain, King Juan Carlos has announced he will abdicate the throne to his son Prince Felipe. The king was selected by dictator Francisco Franco and crowned after Franco’s death in 1975. He has suffered a recent dip in popularity.…

UN Expert Calls on Spain for Commitment to Protect Human Rights

United Nations, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Magdalena Sepúlveda urged the Spanish government to guarantee social inclusion, specially in the health care sector. “It is time for the Government of Spain…

Spanish Organizations Denounce Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement

Madrid, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) Spanish social and union organizations condemned today trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States to sign the Transatlantic Free Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). A letter presented at the head office of…

Spain’s housing activists scale up squatter movement

Ter Garcia and Diego Sanz Paratcha November 18, 2013 What makes a movement turn into a landlord? Over the past two years in Catalonia, Spain, more than 700 people have made empty houses owned by banks their new homes…

European Court decides that Spanish eviction law doesn’t protect citizens

By Pilar Paricio The European Court of Justice has judged that Spanish eviction law violates European Law as it doesn’t protect citizens from possible abusive clauses that banks have included in their mortgage contracts. Specifically Spanish law prevents judges from…

Spain: 6 million empty properties, 400,000 families on the streets

The spokesperson for the Mortgage Holders Platform, Chema Ruiz, criticised the Spanish economic model that, in his opinion, defends the banks and leaves people with an enormous debt, and losing their homes when it becomes impossible to repay. This situation…

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