Spain: From 15M to the Institutions

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Spain: From 15M to the Institutions Isidro Lopez Spanish Parliamentarian for Podemos Discussant: Nayla Geagea Lawyer, Member of Beirut Madinati Spain has experienced in the last six years one of the most convulsive and exciting historical periods of its recent history. From the occupation of the plazas, following the example of the Arab spring, to the emergence of Podemos and the municipalista movement, and the presence of these two political expressions in the state institutions. As any other political crisis period, the pace of events has been extraordinarily fast. As a main example, it has been two years, since citizens’ candidatures won the local elections in both the main cities of the state, Madrid and Barcelona, and in a handful of its more important cities such as Zaragoza, Cadiz, La Coruña and Santiago de Compostela. It has also been two years since Podemos broke into regional parliaments. All this in a still crises-ridden country, with enormous unemployment levels and hugely dependent on finance and real state for its economic survivance. In this talk, Isidro Lopez will try to give both the historical review of the recent events and a full overview of the main conclusions up to this date. And this aim will lead us to a debate on the state and power, the social movements, the local and regional institutions and cities and the right to the city as the engine of this political cycle. Isidro López is currently Member of Parliament in the Madrid Regional Parliament for Podemos. López is trained as a sociologist and he worked as a researcher in the Spanish Observatory for Sustainability since its establishment in 2005 and until its closure in 2012. He was also a member of the militant researchers collective Observatorio Metropolitano of Madrid. He has authored several articles including, with Emmanuel Rodriguez, " Fin de Ciclo: financiarización, territorio y sociedad de propietarios en la onda larga del capitalismo hispano" (2010) and also with Emmanuel Rodriguez "The Spanish Model" in the New Left Review (2011). Nayla Geagea is a lawyer and researcher with more than ten years of experience and practice, with a focus on human rights, social protection of vulnerable groups, and international criminal justice. Since 2009, she has engaged in legal research and drafted legal briefs, memoranda, and draft laws encompassing a range of legal, social and economic issues that require substantial reforms. In 2011, she worked at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands, before returning to Lebanon to pursue her career. She has worked with multiple local and international organizations including research centers to develop public policies and advocate for legal reforms, in addition to supporting civic and political campaigns on the local and national level. Most recently, she was a founding and active member in Beirut Madinati. She graduated from the Lebanese University (Filière Francophone) with distinction, and holds a Master’s degree in International and Human Rights Law from the Faculty of Law at Paul Cezanne University based in Aix-en-Provence, France.

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