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How Podemos Got Old

Fernando González Urbaneja | A decade ago now, in the midst of the 2008-12 recession, that of the financial crisis which was more than that, the so-called “15M” movement emerged in Spain and “Occupy WS” in New York. They proclaimed loudly, chanting slogans such as: “they don’t represent us”, “they call it democracy and it isn’t”, “Take the square”, “PP and PSOE it’s the same shit”, “no home, no job,…


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Espionage By The CNI And The Dealings Between Catalan Nationalists And Putin’s Collaborators

Luis Alcaide | Espionage and misunderstandings between Catalan supporters of Esquerra and Spanish supporters of the PSOE. The Spanish state, like any other, is doing its duty in the face of possible aggressions against its integrity and the liberty of its citizens. The director of the CNI, Paz Esteban, explains herself in the Congress of Deputies. The pro-independence parties and the most left-wing leftists do not quite accept the arguments…


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Pegasus Case: Government Partners Demand Accountability

A dozen parties that normally vote for the coalition government’s projects, amongst them the partners of Unidas Podemos, last week registered a request for a commission of enquiry into the Pegasus case. They believe that the fact that the PM himself, Pedro Sánchez, and the Minister of Defence, Margarita Robles, have been spied on aggravates the case, and demand accountability. UN Podemos, ERC, EH Bildu, Junts, PdeCAT, the CUP, Más…


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The Mask Scandal Deserves A “Forensic”

Fernando González Urbaneja | Amongst the characteristics of advanced democracies, in addition to clean and regular voting, the separation of powers, the existence of a militant public opinion, i.e. with independent and critical media… there is also a system of accountability, of explaining the actions of the government to the citizens. For example, on the succession of scandals linked to the urgent and disorderly purchases of health equipment to deal…


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Spain: Neither Rome, Nor The Reconquest, Nor Lepanto, Nor The Golden Age…

Pedro García Cuartango, former editor of the newspaper El Mundo, explains in ABC the surprise, the indignation, produced by the penultimate nonsense of the PSOE-UP coalition government regarding its educational project: “The unbelievable becomes possible and the possible becomes real. This is what is going to happen with the decree that the Government is preparing to approve erasing the study of Spanish History before 1812 from the Baccalaureate. Neither the…


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Two Thirds Of Spanish Women Disapprove Of Irene Montero’s Work At The Ministry of Equality

Today, International Women’s Day, feminism in Spain will be divided… and dissatisfied, according to a survey published today by the newspaper El Mundo, which explains that: Feminism arrives at 8-M more divided than ever, with two separate demonstrations in twenty cities that show the inability of the PSOE and Unidas Podemos to bring positions closer together and iron out the culture wars of our time. From the Trans Law to…


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New Division In The Government: Podemos Accuses The PSOE Of Being “A Party Of War”

Podemos is raising the tone of its disagreement with the PSOE within the Government over Spain’s position on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The minister and secretary general of UP, Ione Belarra, upped the ante in her challenge on Sunday. She called the Socialist Party a “party of war” for having decided to send arms to Ukraine, as the vast majority of European countries have done. With this accusation, the…


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Ukraine Alters Public Preferences

Fernando González Urbaneja | Recent polls show that Spaniards’ appreciation of NATO has taken a decisive turn; whereas previously there was a high level of mistrust of a defensive and armed military organisation, with a rejection rate of close to 50 per cent, acceptance now stands at over 70 per cent. Rejection of the invasion is overwhelming, more than 90%, compared to an irrelevant and extravagant 1% who see it…


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More Whiff Of Broken Democracy

Fernando González Urbaneja | There are few doubts about the quality of democracy, which can clearly be improved and which is moving backwards like a crab. It is not irrelevant that in The Economist’s ranking of democracies, Spain’s is slipping backwards and dropping down the rankings. The reasons for this backwardness are to be found in the open crisis in the government of judges, which puts their independence at risk;…


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Might The Extreme Right Come To Power In Spain?

J.P. Marín-Arrese | The centre-right party leader, Mr Casado, has been at odds for months with the president of the Madrid region, Ms Díaz Ayuso. He has not provided any convincing reasons for refusing her bid to head the PP in the Madrid region. Now, we know he feared a corruption scandal might spark off as the regional government, which she heads, granted a public procurement to a family friend…