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Leading Spanish conservatives are comparing recent anti-eviction demonstrations with Hitler’s Germany. This betrays a poor grasp of history and weak political acumen.

April 24th, 2013 | Posted in Iberoblog, Featured | Read More »

The next Spain

Spanish flag.

It’s by no means certain that the Spanish state set up in 1978 will survive to hold general elections in 2015. Could Mariano Rajoy’s government be the last ever?

January 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Politics, Featured | Read More »

Forget police brutality, this was verbal brutality

September 25 protest in Madrid.

Apparently excessive use of force by the police during Madrid’s protest around Congress has sparked fierce debate. But the rhetoric leading up to it has deepened an already dangerous division in Spanish society.

September 26th, 2012 | Posted in Iberoblog, Featured | Read More »

Portuguese take to streets against austerity

Black flag.

More than a million people demonstrate against the government’s social security scheme, in the biggest protest since the country’s 1974 revolution.

September 16th, 2012 | Posted in Politics, Featured, Portugal News | Read More »

Singing miners march on Madrid

Miners who have marched over 400 kilometres from the north of Spain to protest against government cuts gather to sing on their arrival in Aravaca, near Madrid, on July 9. Over 200 miners from Asturias, Castilla y León and Aragón took part in the march, which they hope will persuade the government not to cut 200 million euros in annual subsidies for the sector. The miners argue that this cut will effectively bring an end to Spain’s coal industry. The song they and supporters are singing is ‘Santa Bárbara Bendita’, a traditional mining ballad.

July 10th, 2012 | Posted in Spain News, Videos | Read More »

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