The Spanish Left: Towards a ‘Common Home’?

  • Paul Heywood


The collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the subsequent disintegration of the Soviet Union have presented fundamental challenges to the communist parties of Western Europe. It is no exaggeration to talk in terms of potentially terminal crisis: both the role and the relevance of communism in the late twentieth century have been called sharply into question since the dramatic events of 1989–91. The very survival of communism as a meaningful political force on the world stage is open to question. In Spain, the Partido Comunista de España (PCE) had already undergone a near fatal crisis in the late 1970s and early 1980s — an experience which not only predates the general crisis of European communism by a decade, but has also conditioned the Spanish response to it. Thus, it is possible to speak of two crises in the recent history of Spanish communism.


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