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  1. Spanish municipal elections

    Sol Trumbo Vila
    05 June 2019
    Article

    With the results still playing out, the survival of parties like Barcelona en Comú will depend on their ability to bring together the ‘three souls’ of the movement.

  2. GoiEner cooperative, Basque County

    A renewable energy model based on participation, collective ownership and gender equity

    17 December 2018
    Article

    The GoiEner Cooperative was founded in 2012 in the Basque Country as a response to both the energy oligopoly and the rise of the anti-austerity movement connected to the economic crisis. Over the past six years, this cooperative for renewable energy generation and consumption has grown to include nearly 9,000 members, and has become an inspiring model for the transition to a new energy model.

    Key attributes of GoiEner's approach include the alleviation of energy poverty, democratic and participatory involvement, and equal representation of men and women. GoiEner also supports the creation of new renewables cooperatives in other regions of Spain in order to increase local, democratic and renewable energy resilience.

    GoiEner cooperative, Basque County
    GoiEner cooperative, Basque County

  3. International Women's Day 2017 march in Mardrid

    Ecofeminismo (o cómo acelerar el camino hacia la democracia energética)

    Lavinia Steinfort
    19 October 2018
    Article

    Las crecientes demandas en favor de la feminización de la política ―y por ende de la política energética― exigen mucho más que un simple aumento de la representación de mujeres en puestos de dirección. Debemos cuestionar cómo se diseñan las políticas energéticas. Debemos preguntarnos: ¿energía para quién y para qué?

  4. International Women's Day 2017 march in Mardrid

    Ecofeminism: fueling the journey to energy democracy

    Lavinia Steinfort
    12 September 2018
    Article

    The growing call for the feminisation of politics – and energy politics for that matter – is about much more than merely increasing the representation of women in decision-making positions. We need to question the ways energy politics are shaped. We need to ask, energy for whom and energy for what?

  5. El intento por parte de Barcelona en Comú de ser un partido-movimiento

    29 June 2018
    Paper

    El objetivo de Barcelona en Comú es democratizar la relación entre la sociedad civil y las instituciones de la ciudad mediante la transformación de las estructuras tradicionales de los partidos políticos y la creación de nuevas formas de participación política democrática. Pero ¿es posible que una organización política sea movimiento e institución al mismo tiempo? ¿Qué tipo de desafíos, conflictos y oportunidades surgen con ocasión de esta iniciativa?

  6. Solidarities from below in the making of an emancipatory rural politics: insights from food sovereignty struggles in the Basque Country

    • Rita Calvário, Annette Aurélie Desmarais, Joseba Azkarraga
    15 March 2018
    Paper
    Exclusionary and regressive politics are on the rise globally. How do food sovereignty struggles contribute to counter these forces?
  7. The rural roots of dignity: Republican and reactionary specters in rural Spain

    • Jaume Franquesa
    15 March 2018
    Paper

    How are we to explain Spain’s alleged immunity to the political trends, such as rising authoritarian populism, seen in other countries with similar economic circumstances?

  8. Examining Barcelona en Comu's attempt to be a movement-party

    06 March 2018
    Paper

    The radical citizens' movement and party, Barcelona en Comú, has a goal of democratizing the relationship between civil society and city institutions by transforming the traditional structures of political parties and creating new formsof democratic political participation. Through the study of one of the city's many neighbourhood assemblies, Zelinka examines whether it is possible for a political organization to be movement and institution at the same time and what kind of challenges, conflicts and opportunities emerge through this undertaking.

  9. A Small Case in Spain Is a Big Victory for Smarter Drug Policy

    04 May 2017
    Article

    The legal approach to coca has been one of the most challenging topics in the current international drug control system, due to the plant’s connection to both commercial cocaine and ancient Andean traditions. Yet it’s rare for a case related to the coca leaf to come before a European court, in a region where those traditions are rarely discussed.

  10. Un pequeño caso en España es una gran victoria para una política de drogas más inteligente

    04 May 2017
    Article

    El enfoque legal de la coca ha sido uno de los temas más desafiantes en el actual sistema internacional de fiscalización de drogas debido a la conexión de la planta con la cocaína comercial y las antiguas tradiciones andinas. Sin embargo, es raro que un caso relacionado con la hoja de coca se presente ante un tribunal europeo, en una región donde esas tradiciones rara vez se discuten.

  11. Absolución en un caso judicial de hoja de coca en España

    23 March 2017
    Press release

    La victoria legal en una pequeña ciudad española supone un gran paso para la legitimidad del uso de la hoja de coca, una práctica ancestral que hoy ha sido reconocida por un tribunal español

  12. Absolution in a judicial case of coca leaf in Spain

    23 March 2017
    Press release

    The legal victory in a small Spanish city is a great step for the legitimacy of the use of coca leaf, an ancestral practice that today has been recognized by a Spanish court

  13. Barcelona reorganises public services in the people's interest

    David Hall
    14 February 2017
    Article

    Spain maybe on the edge of a remunicipalisation renaissance, with all the relevant legal, financial and technical issues attracting surprisingly intense interest throughout the state. These trends in Spain provide inspiring examples for other countries too, in Europe and worldwide. On 1st December Barcelona City Council organised a remarkable conference on the topic.

  14. Consolidación del movimiento por el agua pública en España

    Red Agua Pública/Public Water network
    05 December 2016
    Article

    Los días 3 y 4 de noviembre de 2016 se celebró en Madrid el primer ‘Encuentro de ciudades por el agua pública’, convocado por la Red Agua Pública en colaboración con el Ayuntamiento de Madrid. El encuentro puede considerarse un hito en el movimiento por el agua pública, ya que ha reforzado la alianza de los distintos actores implicados en la defensa de la gestión pública del agua, desde una perspectiva de bien común y derecho humano, y va a permitir en el futuro una colaboración más estrecha con los ayuntamientos y otras instituciones públicas (como universidades, colegios profesionales y entidades culturales).

  15. Consolidation of the public water movement in Spain

    Red Agua Pública/Public Water network
    05 December 2016
    Article

    The first CITIES FOR PUBLIC WATER MEETING took place on 3rd and 4th November, 2016 in Madrid, convened by La Red Agua Pública/the Public Water network in collaboration with the Municipal Council of Madrid. The event can be considered a milestone in the public water movement as it has strengthened the alliance of different actors involved in the defence of the public management of water, from a perspective of common good and human rights and will permit a closer collaboration with municipal councils and other public institutions (universities, professional colleges, cultural entities, etc.) in the future.

  16. Window of opportunity for public water in Catalonia

    Moisès Subirana, Eloi Badia
    19 October 2015
    Article

    The water management situation in the region of Catalonia, Spain is catastrophic. The omnipresence of the private water sector is creating hugely negative impacts at the economic, social and environmental levels. As a result, Catalan municipalities are being swept by the wave of water remunicipalisation that is taking place across the globe, and the drive to recover public management of water systems is gaining force.

  17. Un futur per l’aigua pública (Catalan)

    • Satoko Kishimoto, Emanuele Lobina, Olivier Petitjean
    19 October 2015
    Book
  18. public debate on remunicipalisation in Catalonia at Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia

    A turning tide: Public water officials look to future beyond privatisation

    Sol Trumbo Vila, Satoko Kishimoto
    19 October 2015
    Article

    Public water operators and social movements from 90 countries gathered in Barcelona in mid-September to reflect on how to consolidate a public model of water provision and how to address critical issues of financing clean water for all.

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