Global Insider: Protests in Spain

Protestors opposed to austerity measures imposed by the Spanish government have been camping out in Madrid for the past few weeks. In an email interview, José M. Magone, a professor at the Berlin School of Economics and Law and the author of "Contemporary Spanish Politics," discussed the protests in Spain.

WPR: What is the driving force behind the current protests in Spain?

José M. Magone: The driving force behind the protests is a general feeling of outrage on the part of the younger generation, as well as other groups that are suffering under the Spanish government's harsh austerity program. It is quite a heterogeneous movement, supported by the anti-globalization movement, spontaneously created local groups, left-wing organizations and other progressive groups. The movement grew out of demonstrations on May 15 in different parts of the country that subsequently spread to several major cities.

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