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May 3, 2021
The Center Cannot Hold in Spain, but Can the Left Take Advantage?
Madrid voters will cast their ballots on May 4, and the regional election could shape the future of Spanish politics.
December 28, 2020
How the Fight Over Spain’s Anti-Fascist Legacy Involves a Former ‘Nation’ Editor
Spain’s progressive government is protecting the tomb of Julio Álvarez del Vayo, foreign minister for the Republic during the Civil War and later a
editor. Spain’s right wing? They call him a terrorist.
December 17, 2020
How the Workers of Spain Battled the Spanish Flu
The last time there was a global pandemic, organized labor came together to protect each other and fight the boss.
June 29, 2020
A Decades-Old Atrocity Finally Sees Its Day in Court
In a potential test case for international law, the murder of Jesuit priests in El Salvador is now being prosecuted—in Spain.
April 28, 2020
Under Europe’s Strictest Lockdown, the World Is Only as Big as Our Windows
Yet you can still tell a lot from those windows—about capitalism, climate change, and the love status of the couple across the way.
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March 19, 2020
We’re Struggling With the Coronavirus in Spain—but We’re Vastly More Prepared Than the US
I am locked down in Barcelona, but at least there is universal health care and a tradition of mutual support.
January 7, 2020
Spain Just Formed Its First Left Coalition Government in More Than 80 Years
It vows to strengthen job security and unions, raise the minimum wage and taxes on the wealthy, pass a climate-change law, and introduce free, universal public child care.
November 22, 2019
The Left May Finally Govern in Spain
A surge in support for the far-right Vox party induced the feuding left parties to unite—but the stalemate over Catalan separatism could torpedo their coalition.
October 21, 2019
Spain’s Catalonia Crisis Just Got a Lot Worse
Massive peaceful protests, along with days of violent clashes, demonstrate that the fight over this region’s independence movement affects the entire country and is far from over.
July 31, 2019
Will Spain Follow Europe’s Right-Wing Populist Trend?
The left’s failure last week to form a coalition reflects deep distrust between the Socialists and their rival, Unidas Podemos—and the right is elated.