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Público - Spain | 14/05/2012

Ramón Cotarelo on the reconquest of the people's sovereignty

In Spain, the protest of the "indignant" began on 15 May 2011 (15-M) with a major demonstration at Madrid's Puerta del Sol Square against the austerity policy and corruption in politics. To mark the anniversary of the protest, tens of thousands of demonstrators are once again gathering in Spanish cities. They want to regain their sovereignty as the people, and it is their legitimate right to do so, writes political scientist Ramón Cotarelo in the left-leaning daily Público: "Sovereignty rests with the people, not because the constitution says so but because this is the way it is regardless of what the constitution says. Of course it's better that the constitution recognises this, but even if it didn't it wouldn't mean that sovereignty rested with anyone other than the people. … The people can transfer this sovereignty to a representative institution, or if they believe that the institution is not fulfilling its role they can retrieve it. And this is precisely what spontaneous movements like 'Democracia Real Ya' [real democracy now'] and 15-M, which agree that they want to change the political, economic and social system in its totality and revise the social contract, are now doing."

Público - Spain | 19/10/2010

Ramón Cotarelo on the far right in Europea and Spain

Unlike the rest of Europe Spain has no right-wing extremist parties because its conservative Partido Popular (PP) is itself essentially right-wing extremist, writes political scientist Ramón Cotarelo in the leftist daily Púbico: "In recent times we have observed a resurgence of the far-right parties in Europe. ... But this is not the case in the UK and Spain, where the far right is effectively integrated into these countries' respective conservative parties, although in different ways: in the UK it is marginal, in Spain it forms the party leadership. This is the way it has been since the birth of the Spanish party, when it was fighting for a place in the sun with a centrist political formation, the UCD. It was only when the latter went under that the PP received the five million votes of a moderate and centrist Right which until then had voted for the party that led Spain's transition [to democracy]. So it is not the extreme right that is integrated into a centre-right party but the centre-right that is integrated into an extreme-right party which was created by an ex-minister of Franco."

Público - Spain | 19/05/2009

European elections: No ban on ideas

A list of candidates for the European elections in Spain has been declared invalid by the country's Supreme Court on the grounds of alleged close ties with the Basque terrorist organisation Eta. Many critics call this a false decision, saying the evidence is not conclusive. Political scientist Ramón Cotarelo has soothing words for the critics in the Spanish daily Público: "Ultimately the conclusion is that the conclusion of the critics is wrong. In Spain we do not ban ideas, and certainly not ideas of independence. The proof is that independence-seeking parties are represented in our institutions, like Aralar in the Basque country and the ERC in Catalonia, which is actually a ruling party there. The difference is that they do not approve of violence and do not belong to the political movement of those who murder in order to impose their political ideas. In Spain activities or events are banned, but not ideas. And anyone who is affected by a ban can appeal against it if he believes that rights have been violated."

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