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How storytelling explains world politics, from Spain to the US

The Conversation Global | Posted 02.06.2017 | Home
The Conversation Global

US president Donald Trump has mastered the art of political storytelling. Joshua Roberts/Reuters Orlando D'Adamo, Universidad de Belgrano How is Don...

Spain Remains Fragmented After Elections

Montserrat Domínguez | Posted 06.27.2016 | Home
Montserrat Domínguez

Four years and six months later, the Popular Party's performance is astounding. In Europe, the administrators of austerity have generally failed. The PP appears to be an exception.

Spain's Leftist Parties Set To Win Big As Election Results Roll In

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.27.2016 | Home

MADRID, June 26 (Reuters) - Spain's two biggest left-wing parties, the Unidos Podemos alliance and the Socialist party, could come close to clinching ...

Spain Is Living Its Own Version Of 'Groundhog Day'

Guillermo Rodríguez | Posted 06.22.2016 | Home
Guillermo Rodríguez

Spanish people are drained. It feels like Spain is the main character in the movie Groundhog Day: Everything starts fresh with each new round of elections.

A Few Takeaways From Spain's Four-Way Debate

Montserrat Domínguez | Posted 06.15.2016 | Home
Montserrat Domínguez

A debate with four candidates is very inefficient with regards to discussing tangible proposals on taxes, research, pensions, the minimum wage, labor reform, education or autonomy.

Spain's Nationalist Party Just Stole Donald Trump's Campaign Slogan

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.08.2016 | Home

Spain's nationalist Vox Party unveiled a new slogan this week that may sound familiar to Republican candidate Donald Trump's supporters. The conservat...

Europe Needs a Plan B Now!

Miguel Urban | Posted 02.24.2017 | Home
Miguel Urban

The EU claims to be a project designed to prevent the emergence of the ghosts that had plagued its past. It claims to have started with a dream. But the truth is that this dream has turned into a nightmare.

This Spanish Politician Took Her Baby To Parliament. She’s Not The Only One.

HuffPost Spain | Sara Elkamel | Posted 01.22.2016 | Home

Carolina Bescansa, a member of parliament for Spanish anti-austerity party Podemos, garnered international headlines and her opponents' ire last week ...

Spain Votes "No" to Failed Economic Policies

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 12.23.2016 | Home
Mark Weisbrot

In Spain's elections last Sunday, the two parties that have ruled the country for the past three decades took serious losses. This has important implications for the future of not only the country but also the rest of Europe.

In This New Political Era, Spain's Socialists Must Stand Up To Rajoy's Popular Party

Pablo Iglesias | Posted 12.23.2016 | Home
Pablo Iglesias

Maybe it's time for a highly-regarded independent figure to take the necessary steps to try to stop the Popular Party from governing in Spain, and put an end to the corruption and inequality.

Spaniards: Bipartisanship Is Dead

Miguel Urban | Posted 12.21.2016 | Home
Miguel Urban

podemos spain elections Political change is just the starting point, a window of opportunity to put these subjects on the table and to promote the kind of change that translates into an authentic social revolution.

Europe: North And South

Pavlos Tsimas | Posted 12.20.2016 | Home
Pavlos Tsimas

Spain has tilted slightly to the left and, for the first time in post Franco history, is about to experience some sort of coalition government.

Spain's Ruling People's Party Wins Election, Exit Polls Show

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 01.03.2017 | Home

MADRID, Dec 20 (Reuters) - The People's Party (PP) of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy won Spain's general election on Sunday, exit polls showed, although...

My Little Country Heads to the Polls

Carlos Carnicero Urabayen | Posted 12.09.2016 | Home
Carlos Carnicero Urabayen

The collapse of bipartisanship, the birth of the unknown in Spain, the rampant fragmentation in parliament, and the need to reach an accord just to go to the bathroom, have all plagued the country and will test our democratic maturity.

On The Results And Significance Of The Catalan Elections

Montserrat Domínguez | Posted 09.28.2016 | Home
Montserrat Domínguez

These elections show an unprecedented divide in Catalan society. Politicians and policies capable of healing wounds and weaving a new space for coexistence are needed. Catalonia, as of now, is at the center of the campaign for the general election.

"Occupy" Spanish-Style... Big Lessons for Us?

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 09.22.2016 | Home
Frances Moore Lappe

Back from the first global conference on money in politics in Mexico City, I'm bursting with stories that might carry messages of possibility that Americans need right now. Sure worked for me.

How Countries Fight Against Political Spending That Corrupts Democracy

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 09.02.2016 | Home
Frances Moore Lappe

I want to find out how other countries are fighting for democracy against its corruption by powerful private interests. My learning began in a conversation with Secretary General Yves Leterme of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), a Stockholm-based organization of 28 member states.

The 'Double Truth' Revealed by Greek Crisis Shows Path Ahead Is a 'Two Speed' Europe

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 07.06.2016 | Home
Nicolas Berggruen

Europe has arrived at its moment of double truth. The muddling is over with and the path ahead is clear for all to see.

Leaders Of Europe's New Left Rejoice As Greeks Vote 'No'

HuffPost Italy | Angela Mauro | Posted 07.06.2015 | Home

ATHENS, Greece -- “Syriza’s fight is our fight. If Syriza loses, we all lose ...” Martina Anderson is a distinguished Irishwoman: tall, blon...

The Case For 'Europe'

OpedSpace | Posted 06.27.2016 | Home

Today we stand on the precipice of a European implosion. A popular referendum on July 5th may determine if Greece will leave the monetary union, and perhaps, according to its Central Bank, also the EU.

Daniel Marans

Europe's Populists Rally To Greece's Side | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.30.2015 | Home

Populist parties in Spain, Ireland and other austerity-stricken European countries are flocking to support the Greek government’s defiance of its cr...

Why Anti-Establishment Parties Are So Appealing to Dispossessed European Voters

Mark Leonard | Posted 06.23.2016 | Home
Mark Leonard

LONDON -- Across Europe, voters are increasingly discontent with political movements that were once part of civic life but have now become appendages of the state -- a governing class that seeks office rather than a chance to represent ideas or groups in society.

Letter from Spain: The Times Are A-Changin'

Montserrat Domínguez | Posted 05.26.2016 | Home
Montserrat Domínguez

Spain is entering into a new time and a new political culture with minority and coalition governments, far from the bipartisanship that for 40 years has favored a predictable alternation between conservatives and social democrats since Franco's death.

Why Podemos Is Good for Spain, and Europe

Ryan Rappa | Posted 06.01.2015 | Home
Ryan Rappa

In short, the EU is facing a moment of truth. Its response to Podemos could validate or vitiate it for years to come.

Who Really Controls Wall Street, and Why It Matters

Nourish International | Posted 05.31.2015 | Home
Nourish International

We have to remember that the same banks responsible for so much of the financial strife, confusion, and crisis are guided by social forces. When we believe our financial systems are beyond our control, we neglect our responsibility to those most impacted by its flaws.