In the Andalucía region of southern Spain, the electoral breakthrough of the far-right Vox party has sent a shockwave through Spanish politics. Critics are calling the party stance anti-immigration and anti-feminist. Insiders’ Sophie Claudet sat down with Valérie Gauriat to find out more.
Leaders of the 2017 Catalan independence referendum are facing a combined total of 217 years in prison for inciting rebellion. Defending their rights is in the self-interest of Europe if it wants to remain a leading force for democracy.
While many would agree that the Spanish Constitution has served its purpose in keeping a fragile democracy in tact, many more Spaniards would agree that the time has come to make changes to the 40-year-old document. Agreement on what these changes should be is a different matter altogether.
The Catalan independence movement is just one of the many obstacles facing a push to modernise the Spanish Constitution. In order to make sure it serves the needs of all Spaniards today, we have to solve our long-standing problems first.
Having sealed the transition from dictatorship to flourishing democracy, the Spanish Constitution has been glue holding Spain together for decades. As the country marks 40 years since it was adopted, does it continue to serve the Spanish people?