Gender violence: Spain’s unending nightmare

OPINION The allegations of sexual assault made against a far-right member of the Spanish Parliament have shone the spotlight once more on the country’s institutionalised problem with gender violence. For decades, activists have been clamouring for an overhaul of the political and legal approach to the question of sexual consent and the plague of gender-based … Continue reading Gender violence: Spain’s unending nightmare

Former far-right Vox MP investigated for sex crime

REPORT Sexual violence strikes Spanish politics again, as former far-right Vox MP, Carlos Fernández-Roca Suárez, is investigated for a sexual offence. On 13th November 2020 Fernández-Roca announced his resignation from Spain’s Parliament using a now-deleted Twitter account, following the accusation: ‘On Wednesday, after learning of the complaint made against me, I immediately and voluntarily made myself … Continue reading Former far-right Vox MP investigated for sex crime

Spain’s proposed abortion reforms: a small yet welcome step

OPINION After a court ruling in Poland imposed a near-total ban on abortions in October 2020, the pro-life versus pro-choice debate has been pushed back into the European spotlight. In Spain, a country which shares Poland's ties with Catholicism, abortion also remains a controversial political issue. Yet there is hope in Spain that more women … Continue reading Spain’s proposed abortion reforms: a small yet welcome step

The shameful and systematic neglect of Spain’s migrant farm workers

OPINION In the greenhouses of southern Spain, thousands of undocumented migrants toil away in unsafe conditions to cultivate the fresh produce that lines the shelves of European supermarkets. Yet those who work to feed Europe have been forgotten about in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, forced to live and work in saturated and unsanitary … Continue reading The shameful and systematic neglect of Spain’s migrant farm workers

Juan Carlos I: a slow but steady fall from grace

REPORT Spain continues to re-evaluate the legacy of its former monarch, King Juan Carlos I. The man once revered as the architect of Spanish democracy has become mired in allegations of financial misconduct. In early August, the former monarch announced in a letter to his son, King Felipe VI, his decision to leave Spain, in … Continue reading Juan Carlos I: a slow but steady fall from grace