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2011 will go down in history as the year of the Arab Spring and could yet go down as the year that also saw widespread protest and a revolutionary mood develop in Europe, as recent developments in Spain indicate. For revolutionary socialists this situation presents an opportunity unlike any seen in decades. Yet such a situation also poses difficult questions for the activists in the emerging movements. In particular the seemingly contradictory aims of on the one hand mobilising as many people as possible and achieving the clear goals of the movement, and on the other, achieving a revolutionary change in society