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Dare to hope, Progressive Europe!

By Ania Skrzypek / 14 May, 2019

The results of the recent elections in Spain had been awaited with a great excitement. Particularly, because the country was portrayed as immensely divided, with many tensions, regarding separatists as well as an anti-democratic movement. The name “VOX” had been causing a chill on the Iberian Peninsula, but also across...

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Spain: a Socialist victory, based on a clear progressive agenda

By Beatriz Corredor / 8 May, 2019

Only 3 days after winning the general elections, the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) celebrated its 140 years anniversary on 2nd May. It was the first electoral victory of PSOE in 11 years. Both events coincided in the same week: a cause of joy and hope for the Spanish –...

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Spain: slow change for women’s rights

By Alazne Irigoien / 7 May, 2019

Measures in favour of more gender equality, adopted during the last ten months, have contributed to Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’ electoral success. But the issue is not off the table in Spain for years to come. This was illustrated by the image of the all-male candidates and councillors at the...

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Spain: the far-right discourse during the campaign

By Luis Arroyo / 7 May, 2019

They did it in Spain, too. VOX, the far-right party, enters the Spanish parliament after the recent national elections. Although their vote share (10%) is not that big, compared to their brother parties in Europe (Poland 38%, France 34%, Austria 26%, Denmark 21%, Italy 17%), and the party did not...

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Pedro Sánchez is facing his best opportunity

By Ignacio Martín Granados / 12 June, 2018

Only three weeks ago, the polls placed the PSOE as the fourth political force, behind Ciudadanos, Podemos and the People’s party (PP), and Pedro Sánchez’s leadership faded. However, on 24 May an event occurred that would precipitate the developments that have turned the whole Spanish political landscape on its head...

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Make Spain (and Europe) Great Again

By Laura Ballarín / 12 June, 2018

Pedro Sánchez, with a government made up of solid profiles and the hand of the European social democratic family, may regain the voice and the presence that Spain deserves in key EU debates one year away from the next elections to the European Parliament. Spain makes its debut as a...

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The independence movement against Europe

By Josep Borrell / 20 December, 2017

Mr. Puigdemont, former president of the Generalitat (Regional Government of Catalonia), having been effectively “exiled” in Brussels remains highly critical of European institutions and their leaders, asking rhetorically: “What kind of Europe does not support the secession of Catalonia?”   Indeed, the unilateral declaration of independence has not been recognised...

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Speech by Josep Borrell about Catalonia’s Democratic Crisis

By Josep Borrell / 14 December, 2017

Citizens of Catalonia, We are here because we have summoned ourselves to defend coexistence, pluralism and solidarity. And we must defend them. Because coexistence has been ruptured in this country. And we need to rebuild it. Political pluralism must be defended because it is not being recognised.   When a...

Catalonia: The moment for politics, the moment for dialogue

By Esther Niubó / 12 December, 2017

Catalonia is experiencing a time of unprecedented political and social tension, the result of the irresponsibility of two governments that have been making electoral gains for years from a political confrontation without precedent in a democracy: a Catalan government, committed to achieving independence, even without the support of a majority...

The Catalan labyrinth: is there a way out?

By José Félix Tezanos / 25 November, 2017

Catalonia is mired in a labyrinth of separatist conflicts and demands that are hard to integrate within the current Spanish and European political structure. The situation in Catalonia is hard to understand for an outside observer unfamiliar with its historical and economic background. José Félix Tezanos provides that background and...

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