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Peace and social movements

The growing strength of citizen action is underscoring the reason for its success: there is a crisis in Spain’s system of representation

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Europe

The impotence of Spanish politics means the problem of Catalan secession will sooner or later end up in the hands of the EU

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Do nothing

It falls to the Socialists in opposition to bring Spanish politics into line with society’s clamor for change

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The thrill of prohibition

The return to power of the right under Mariano Rajoy has been accompanied by a highly ideological agenda that aims to restrict civil liberties

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Opportunity

The announcement of inter-party agreement on the Catalan referendum has brought politics back into focus

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Unnecessary laws

Government’s anti-protest legislation is designed more to provoke than to quell disturbances

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Negotiate, but what?

Spain’s government must do more than merely point out that any Catalan referendum would be unlawful

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Democratic illiteracy

Creating stability counted for more than creating a democratic culture during the Transition. The result: an opaque regime that is growing ever more so

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Time for politics

The Catalan independence project is a political problem and it is nonsense to treat it otherwise

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General regression

The Wert education law is a symbol of elitism, and the massive privatization of basic services typifies the caste culture that is corrupting Spanish democracy

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Out of the swamp

Given the paralysis over the crisis on both the left and right, it is hardly surprising that nationalist projects gain traction

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Nonexistent politics

Judge Castro has decided to name the princess as a suspect, pointing out that any other course would amount to a serious short-circuiting of justice

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Enterprise and graft

There is a direct correlation between the neoliberal style of government, and the phenomena of bubble, corruption, crash and cutbacks

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Transition

News of the PP’s slush fund on the back of financial scandals deepen the desire for a fresh start

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Locked in one dimension

Politics and political science, says Ulrich Beck, share a weak point: the chronic underestimation of the power of social movements

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Catholic and elitist

The education reform is designed to demolish the legacy of secularization and underline national linguistic unity

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A few questions

Will Artur Mas resist the huge pressures on him, chiefly from the Catalan business elite?

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The Europe of fear

Bureaucrats and states believe the idea of a federal Europe truly based on the citizens' votes is a mirage

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The vote as signpost

Independence has ceased to be taboo. It has acquired a respectable status in Spanish political life and become a touchstone of political rhetoric

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A clear political project

How can the bailout of Catalonia via the Regional Liquidity Fund be made compatible with rhetoric about independence?

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Such is life

Politicians claim money is given without conditions, an unlikely prospect

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Symbolic form

State of anxiety amongst the people is growing as democracy languishes

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Irresponsibility

If your government’s decisions are not your own and you can’t even vouch for their effectiveness, it is time to stand aside

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Ideology and arrogance

Amid the financial crisis, the PP never neglects the ideological struggle, even as its bright banners are beginning to fade

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Grand pact: what for?

Pacts between political parties in Spain seem hard to reach - but are they desirable anyway?

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Authoritarian boots

If we accept Rajoy's conviction that there is no alternative to neoliberal recipes, parliamentary life is pure comedy

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Politics and meaning

The culture of exception breeds emergency measures, camouflaging aggressive legislation that completely changes the rules of the game