// Un interviu cu Pablo Iglesias chiar înainte de ziua alegerilor:
Owen Jones on the campaign trail with PodemosOwen Jones joins Podemos in Valencia and Madrid in the last week of the party’s campaign before Spain’s general election on Sunday. Pablo Iglesias, the party’s secretary-general, discusses the rise of the left across Europe. Podemos is barely two years old, yet managed to win 69 parliamentary seats and 21% of the vote.
Posted by Guardian Opinion on Monday, December 21, 2015
O analiză foarte optimistă a rezultatelor Podemos…
Sunday night, Spain’s insurgent left party Podemos (“We can”) made history, breaking the country’s two-party control for the first time since the fall of the Franco dictatorship by winning 20.7 percent of the seats in the Spanish parliament. Though Podemos finished third behind Spain’s two establishment parties, Sunday’s results are a victory for an anti-austerity party that less than two years ago was only an idea in the minds of a handful of activists and academics. Podemos supporters and its leader Pablo Iglesias were energized by the outcome. In the plaza outside of Madrid’s Reina Sofia art museum, Iglesias was greeted by thousands of excited Podemos supporters, who waved balloons in the party’s signature purple shade and chanted “Si se puede!”
Podemos has re-shaped Spanish politics, and the election results solidify the party’s role as a real force in the country’s democracy, despite uncertainty about what the new government will look like (no party won enough seats for an absolute majority). Yet beyond its importance for progressives, Sunday’s election cemented 2015 as the year of the political outsider: Spain’s insurgent centrist party Ciudadanos (“Citizens”) won 13.9 percent of parliamentary seats, meaning that two new parties with leaders under the age of 40 now control over one-third of Spain’s national assembly. The results represent a huge drop in support for Spain’s two establishment parties that have controlled the country for decades—the conservative Popular Party received a third less support than it had in the 2011 elections, and the Socialist Party experienced its worst election in the party’s history. It’s news that should make the political establishment from Europe to the United States tremble in fear.
…urmată de una reacționară
The year started well for supporters of Europe’s “left populist” parties. In January, Syriza won parliamentary elections in Greece and its telegenic leader Alexis Tsipras quickly became the scourge of the European Union establishment and the hero of Europe’s progressives. “Syriza, Podemos, venceremos!” (Syriza, Podemos, we will win) chanted Podemos’s leader, Pablo Iglesias, at a rally in Valencia, where 9,000 supporters celebrated their Greek sister party’s victory.
Iglesias changed his Twitter picture to one of him and Tsipras, and tweeted: “2015 will be the year of change in Spain and Europe. We will start in Greece. Let’s go Alexis, let’s go!”