Regional Identity and the EU: an Interview with Professor Sandie Holguin (Part 2)

Episode 25: 15-M, 10 Years On: In conversation with Cristina Flesher Fominaya on her recent book Democracy Reloaded: Inside Spain’s Political Laboratory from 15-M to Podemos The Sobremesa Podcast

10 years ago in 2011, Spain went through a crisis of representation. Until then, Spain had been praised as exceptional for its peaceful transition from dictatorship to democracy in the late 1970’s. Yet with the arrival of economic problems, that soon changed. On an international scale, the world was still struggling in the aftermath of the 2007-8 financial crisis. The Great Recession had begun. In Europe, the Eurozone debt crisis was underway. By 2011, Greece and Ireland had already had their first bailouts and at the beginning of the year Spain’s neighbour Portugal would also request help from the EU as it could not meet the targets it was set. Spain would be next. Struggling with the growing economic crisis, the PSOE government, led by Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, would make unpopular reforms to both the labour laws and pension system in late 2010. In the wake of the Arab Spring, Spain started to mobilise against what a good deal of people felt was an unrepresentative democracy, heavily dominated by the Popular Party and the PSOE. Small groups protesting specific issues from the young who felt they had not future to the elderly fighting pension reforms, these movements would soon start organising together for a more representative and participatory democracy. Come May 15th 2011, a huge protest through the centre of Madrid made up of these groups, would kick start the biggest political changes in the country since the transition. The 15-M movement was born. In this episode of The Sobremesa Podcast, I talk with Cristina Flesher Fominaya, the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Social Movement Studies, co-founder of the open access social movements journal Interface, and author of the book Democracy Reloaded: Inside Spain’s Political Laboratory from 15-M to Podemos. Here we talk about how the 15-M Movement came about, what they were doing in the Sol camp, and how it would change the political landscape that we have come to know today.
  1. Episode 25: 15-M, 10 Years On: In conversation with Cristina Flesher Fominaya on her recent book Democracy Reloaded: Inside Spain’s Political Laboratory from 15-M to Podemos
  2. Episode 24: Brexit Special: One Leaver, One Remainer. Both Live in Spain
  3. Episode 23: After the Fall with author Tobias Buck
  4. Episode 22: History of Anarchism in Spain with Danny and Jim from the ABC Podcast Part Two
  5. Episode 21: History of Anarchism in Spain with Danny and Jim from the ABC Podcast

In this episode I interview Professor Sandie Holguin about the regional identities in Spain and how they interact with the national identity. We also discuss the EU and how it forms a part of the political scene in Spanish politics today.

You can get a copy of her book Flamenco Nation here or on Amazon.

Prior to the interview, I give an update on Spanish current affairs from the past week. This includes a breakdown around the bank merger between Bankia and La Caixa. I also explain why some Spanish institutions are still awaiting key appointments from the government, and how Madrid is managing the return to schools amid the covid-19 pandemic.

This week the podcast hit 100 listeners and 100 followers on Twitter. Many thanks to the listeners and guests who have come on the program.

Initially, this podcast was a summer project whilst I was unemployed. However, next week I go back to work and will also be doing a qualification in my profession whilst also trying to write several books. Despite this, I plan to carry on with the podcast.

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