65 Articles by: Eoghan Gilmartin

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Eoghan Gilmartin is a writer, translator, and Jacobin contributor based in Madrid.

Spain’s First Communist Minister Since the 1930s: “The Right Can’t Accept a Party Like Ours in Government”

This January, a pact between the Socialists and Unidas Podemos gave Spain its first ruling left-wing coalition since the Civil War. One of two communist ministers, Alberto Garzón, spoke to Jacobin about the government’s survival in these times of crisis — and why the militant right still refuses to accept its legitimacy.

Spain’s Former King Has Fled, But His Cronyism Remains

On Sunday night, Spain’s former king Juan Carlos fled the country in order to evade prosecution over mass-scale money laundering. Once hailed as a leader of the transition away from dictatorship, the monarch’s corrupt dealings show how Spain’s powerful business interests continue to stand above democratic scrutiny.

Lucio Urtubia, 1931–2020

The anarchist bricklayer Lucio Urtubia made his name robbing banks in order to fund clandestine revolutionaries in Franco’s Spain. He insisted that there was nothing criminal about his expropriations of firms like Citibank — arguing that “he who robs a thief is a thousand times forgiven.”