Spain’s Podemos – A New Way of Doing Politics? (26 Nov)



Pablo Iglesias greets followers at Podemos national convention


The next Taking Soundings event is on Wednesday 26th November 2014 at 6pm
Antonio Martínez-Arboleda on Podemos: A New Way of Politics?

One of the most intriguing political phenomena this year has been the sudden rise on the Spanish political scene of Podemos, a radical political party based on the indignado 15M movement. Podemos did well in the European elections in May 2015 and after only existing for seven months is now the most popular party in Spain! Can this last?

One of the interesting facets of Podemos is the emphasis it has put on participation via social media. Its recent Citizens’ Assembly had 8000 people attending in person, and 150,000 online.

Does Podemos offer a new model for the European left? Is it just a populist flash-in-the-pan based on a charismatic celebrity intellectual (see photo of Pablo Iglesias above)? We really want to know much more about Podemos, what it stands for and where it is going.

Antonio’s talk and discussion is at 6pm on Wednesday 26th November 2014 at Leeds Beckett University city centre campus: Broadcasting Place, A building, Room G10, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9EN (opposite the Fenton Pub).

Antonio is Principal Teaching Fellow in Spanish at the University of Leeds.

An important analysis of Podemos by Luke Stobart in Left Flank can be read here 

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