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Parchment in the Fire: Catalan Independence Struggle Impedes Formation of Spanish Government

Filed under: Europe, Eurozone crisis, Uncategorized Tagged: Catalonia, Spain . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Catalan Independence Struggle Impedes Formation of Spanish Government

Parchment in the Fire: The European Challenge | Jacobin

For all of its success, Podemos has refused to deal seriously with the European Union and what it would take to truly transform Spain. Source: The European Challenge | JacobinFiled under: Europe, Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Podemos, Spain . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: The European Challenge | Jacobin

Parchment in the Fire: Greece eyes alliance of southern EU states – POLITICO

September conference planned with France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Malta. Source: Greece eyes alliance of southern EU states – POLITICOFiled under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Southern Europe, Spain . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Greece eyes alliance of southern EU states – POLITICO

Parchment in the Fire: Spain’s left must unite to steer country on road to recovery

Giles Tremlett for the Guardian In his restaurant overlooking the Med at Mataró, a few miles north of Barcelona, Ricard Jornet declares himself an insumiso, a rebel who refuses to obey government demands to pay a so-called “tax on sunshine” for an award-winning solar power installation that allows his business to function almost exclusively off… More Spain’s left must unite to steer country on road to recovery . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Spain’s left must unite to steer country on road to recovery

Alberta Politics: Why Canada’s belligerent Conservatives are likely praying for peace in the Persian Gulf

PHOTOS: The nuclear powered American aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf in in 2014. (U.S. Navy photo.) Mighty warships are the carriers, but in the constricted waters of the Gulf, vulnerable nevertheless. Below: A map of the Gulf… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Why Canada’s belligerent Conservatives are likely praying for peace in the Persian Gulf

Parchment in the Fire: Podemos: how Europe’s political centre is being eaten by the radical left and nationalist right | Opinion | The Guardian

As the success of Spain’s upstart anti-austerity party shakes the country’s two-party system, the most likely outcome for ailing social democrats is a fusion with liberal conservatives Source: Podemos: how Europe’s political centre is being eaten by the radical left and nationalist right | Opinion | The GuardianFiled under: Europe, Eurozone crisis Tagged: Podemos, Spain,… More Podemos: how Europe’s political centre is being eaten by the radical left and nationalist right | Opinion | The Guardian . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Podemos: how Europe’s political centre is being eaten by the radical left and nationalist right | Opinion | The Guardian

Parchment in the Fire: What are political parties offering workers in the Spanish elections?

On 20 December, general elections will be held in Spain, amidst a climate marked by the fallout of the Paris attacks and the pro-independence debate in Catalonia, with a profusion of televised debates but no more than superficial coverage of the parties’ election manifestos. The People’s Party (PP) is presenting the fall in the number… More What are political parties offering workers in the Spanish elections? . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: What are political parties offering workers in the Spanish elections?

Parchment in the Fire: Income, Class and Austerity in Southern Europe

Data from Southern Europe indicates a trend of wealth distribution to the top 20% of income earners since the onset of austerity. At the outset of the Global Financial Crisis in 2007, the income share of the bottom 20% of income earners in Greece and Portugal increased, whereas the income share of the top 20%… More Income, Class and Austerity in Southern Europe . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Income, Class and Austerity in Southern Europe

Parchment in the Fire: Spain: precarious employment fuels rise in occupational accidents

The number of workplace accidents registered in Spain during the first six months of 2015 grew by almost 7 per cent in comparison to 2014. As many as 218,019 “minor” accidents were reported, 13,577 more than during the same period last year, along with 1,593 “serious” accidents, one more than at the same period last . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Spain: precarious employment fuels rise in occupational accidents

Parchment in the Fire: Spanish politics: Why is Podemos losing ground? | In English | EL PAÍS

After topping voter intention polls, the party is falling behind rival Ciudadanos as it seeks to redefine its position and message

Source: Spanish politics: Why is Podemos losing ground? | In English | EL PAÍS

Filed under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Podemos, Spain

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Alberta Politics: Was there just a coup in Portugal? Why did Canada’s media ignore the story?

PHOTOS: The São Bento Palace, home of the Assembly of the Republic, in Lisbon. Was it just the site of a constitutional coup with implications for Canada? You’d never know from the local media. Below: Portuguese President Aníbal Cavaco Silva; Portugal’s national flag. Did you know a coalition of the left has been denied the . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Was there just a coup in Portugal? Why did Canada’s media ignore the story?

Parchment in the Fire: Will the Catalan elections see the reconfiguration of Spain? – Equal Times

by Arturo Puente –

 

On 27 September Catalonia is holding elections that will be pivotal in determining whether a territory in which 7.5 million people live will remain part of the Spanish state. The president of the Catalan government, Artur Mas, has called on citizens to cast their votes in an election he wants . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Will the Catalan elections see the reconfiguration of Spain? – Equal Times

Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney sails close to the wind on Anti-Terrorism Act at picnic visit

PHOTOS: Liberal candidate Adam Vaughan’s photo of the Kurdish Peace and Cultural Festival in Toronto Saturday, with an image of PKK founder Abdullah Ocalan visible in the background. (Grabbed from Twitter.) Below: Defence Minister Jason Kenney, who bragged about being at the event, and Mr. Vaughan. Jason Kenney, who notwithstanding the dissolution of the House . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney sails close to the wind on Anti-Terrorism Act at picnic visit

Parchment in the Fire: Podemos, Greece and the hot Spanish autumn

Podemos, Greece and the hot Spanish autumn.

Filed under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: Eurozone Crisis, Greece, Podemos, Spain, Syriza

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The Disaffected Lib: Merkel’s Toxic Tonic

Has German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s subjugation of Greece inadvertently poisoned European unity?  That’s how a pro-EU lobby group sees it.

“The last few weeks have laid totally bare the European Union’s brand of authoritarian dogma,” UKIP leader Nigel Farage wrote in the London Telegraph.

“More and more people are waking up to the dangers . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Merkel’s Toxic Tonic

Parchment in the Fire: Spain’s politicians distance themselves from euro crisis: ‘This isn’t Greece’ | World news | The Guardian

Spain’s politicians distance themselves from euro crisis: ‘This isn’t Greece’ | World news | The Guardian.

Filed under: Austerity Tagged: Eurozone Crisis, Podemos, Spain

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The Disaffected Lib: Next Up, Spain

As events unfold over the next few weeks following today’s No victory in Greece there’ll be plenty of people watching in Spain.  That country’s Podemos movement promotes a similar sort of anti-austerity platform to that of Greece’s Syrzia.  It’s hard to imagine today’s defiant events in Greece not having a knock on effect in Spain . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Next Up, Spain

Parchment in the Fire: Spain: Madrid and Barcelona show — the greater the unity on the left, the bigger the win | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Spain: Madrid and Barcelona show — the greater the unity on the left, the bigger the win | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal.

Filed under: Austerity Tagged: Eurozone Crisis, Podemos, Spain

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Parchment in the Fire: Podemos fuels hopes for Spain’s emigrated youth to return home

Podemos fuels hopes for Spain’s emigrated youth to return home.

by Mischa Wilmers

Over the last two years, Spain’s political landscape has been transformed by the emergence of the progressive, anti-austerity party, Podemos (“We Can”).

Formed in 2014, the party has already built a membership of over 350,000. In opinions polls, it matches the country’s . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Podemos fuels hopes for Spain’s emigrated youth to return home

Parchment in the Fire: Spain’s Gag Law: spectre of an authoritarian past

Spain’s Gag Law: spectre of an authoritarian past.

by Carlos Delclós

On Friday 10 April 2015, holographic images of about 2,000 protestors from all over the world were projected onto the facade of the Spanish Parliament by the citizen platform No somos delito (“we are not a crime”).

Images of people are projected onto . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Spain’s Gag Law: spectre of an authoritarian past

Parchment in the Fire: The rise of Europe’s new Left

The rise of Europe’s new Left.

By Bryan Evans

Filed under: Europe, Socialism Tagged: Austerity, Europe, Eurozone Crisis, Greece, Podemos, Spain, Syriza

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Parchment in the Fire: Los indignados to Podemos, The Making of a Party

Filed under: Austerity, Europe, Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Podemos, Spain

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Things Are Good: Seville is Spain’s Cycling Gem

It’s well known that the future of urban design and transportation will support the mass use of bicycles. Still, some cities are slow to catch on to this. In Spain where cycling is not nearly as popular in colder northern parts of Europe the city of Seville is leading the charge into the future.

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Parchment in the Fire: Los Indignados to Podemos

Filed under: Austerity, Crisis, Socialism, Southern Europe Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Podemos, Spain

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Parchment in the Fire: 100,000 flock to Madrid for Podemos rally against austerity | World news | The Guardian

100,000 flock to Madrid for Podemos rally against austerity | World news | The Guardian.

los indignados – an impromptu revolt of thousands, camping out for weeks and rallying against a political establishment felt to be out of sync with the people.

On Saturday, up to 100,000 people again filled the square, determined to show . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: 100,000 flock to Madrid for Podemos rally against austerity | World news | The Guardian