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    A ‘basic income’ system could be feasible in Spain, but only by reframing the current debate

A ‘basic income’ system could be feasible in Spain, but only by reframing the current debate

Several academics and politicians have argued in favour of a so called ‘basic income’ system, which would provide an unconditional payment to every citizen within a given country to cover basic living costs. José A. Noguera writes on the potential for such a system to solve some of the current issues in Spain. He argues that while the goal […]

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    The rise of Podemos poses a challenge for pro-independence parties ahead of the 2015 Catalan elections

The rise of Podemos poses a challenge for pro-independence parties ahead of the 2015 Catalan elections

On 15 January, early parliamentary elections were called in Catalonia, with the vote set to be held in September. Anwen Elias writes on how the elections will shape the on-going debates over Catalan independence. She notes that one of the main challenges pro-independence parties will face is the rise of Podemos, which supports Catalonia’s ‘right to decide’ over the […]

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    The Spanish government should offer Catalonia a referendum on federalism, not independence

The Spanish government should offer Catalonia a referendum on federalism, not independence

Catalonia held a non-binding consultation on independence on 9 November. Francesc Trillas assesses the argument that the Spanish government should now seek to address the Catalan independence debate by proposing a formal referendum on the issue. He argues that while there are benefits to holding a referendum, there are also a number of costs in the Catalan case, and […]

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    The only solution to the Catalan question is to recognise that Catalonia is a separate demos capable of deciding its own future

The only solution to the Catalan question is to recognise that Catalonia is a separate demos capable of deciding its own future

A non-binding consultation on Catalan independence was held on 9 November, with over 80 per cent of those voting indicating that they would like Catalonia to be independent. Montserrat Guibernau argues that while there is still some uncertainty over what the legal consequences of the vote will be, the people of Catalonia have made it clear that they should […]

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    Opinion polling leaves little doubt Podemos could break into the mainstream of Spanish politics at next year’s general election

Opinion polling leaves little doubt Podemos could break into the mainstream of Spanish politics at next year’s general election

Recent opinion polls in Spain have indicated that the left-wing Podemos (‘We Can’) party, which was only formed in January of this year, could gain the largest share of the vote in Spain’s 2015 general election. Paul Kennedy assesses the challenge the party poses to Spain’s traditional two-party system. He writes that a key indicator as to whether Podemos […]

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    The Spanish government must find a positive message for Catalonia if it is to reduce support for Catalan independence

The Spanish government must find a positive message for Catalonia if it is to reduce support for Catalan independence

In April, the Spanish parliament rejected a request by Catalan authorities to hold a referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain, which had been proposed for November this year. Diego Muro and Martijn Vlaskamp argue that the Spanish government requires a more positive message for the people of Catalonia if it is to reduce public support for independence.

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    The breakthrough of Podemos in Spain poses a serious challenge for the country’s two-party system

The breakthrough of Podemos in Spain poses a serious challenge for the country’s two-party system

In contrast to other countries across Europe which saw the emergence of Eurosceptic and far-right parties during the European Parliament elections, the story in Spain was the breakthrough of the left-wing ‘Podemos’ (‘We can’), who secured eight per cent of the country’s vote despite only being formed shortly before the election. Paul Kennedy writes on the party’s development and […]

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