John Foster / 17 Nov 2023

Between Two Nationalisms

The Spanish Challenge

Breathe easy. Spain’s Socialist leader, Pedro Sánchez, has won a second term in office.  This is the best possible outcome of the July election. Not just for Spain but also for Europe.(...)

John Foster / 28 Jul 2023

When the Press Fails

The 2023 Spanish Election

For the last two months, Anglo news media said the same thing: A far-right wave is sweeping Europe, and Spain would be its next conquest.(...)
Big shoes to fill. London, June 2017.
Josh Kitto / 29 Jan 2020

Rebuilding the Labour Party

The Search for Intelligent Life

X left defeated by x far-right. It doesn’t matter where it is. It always happens, in every country.

It happens so regularly, in fact, you’d think it was preprogrammed. Conspiracy theory, anyone?(...)

Maxime Sattonnay / 09 Dec 2019

Changing the Debate on Immigration

The Berta Barbet Porta Interview, Part II

It ranks as high as class. Few issues have become as common to politics as migration. Whether it be the United States, the EU or Russia, we live in an era in which foreigners are as much a source of social anxiety as the poor.(...)
Maxime Sattonnay / 02 Dec 2019

The Problem With Vox

The Berta Barbet Porta Interview

Spain was thought to be safe. Despite the persistence of Partido Popular governments since 2011, over the last few years, the party to watch was the leftist Podemos. An anti-austerity movement that emerged following the 2008 financial crisis, Unidas Podemos, as it renamed itself, managed to stick to its guns where other progressive parties of its generation, such as Greece's Syriza, did not.(...)

Civil rights marchers. Madrid, April 2019.
John Foster / 27 Sep 2019

Keeping It Real

Podemos and the European Left

In a development that is very much emblematic of the state of politics in Europe, Spain is spiralling toward another round of elections to be held in the second week of November. (...)

John Foster / 03 May 2019

Democracy in the Era of Populism

Chantal Mouffe and the Spanish Election

With the results of the snap elections held in Spain on Sunday still in the headlines, new questions have been raised about the so-called “populist moment” about which so much ink has been spilt of late.(...)