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Meet Spain’s Activist Iglesia of Podemos: Positioned to Become New PM

Posted on: February 19, 2015

Meet Spain’s Activist Iglesia of Podemos:  Positioned to Become New PM

“If we don’t have democratic control of economy, we don’t have democracy,” says Pablo Iglesias of Podemos. “We know that it’s very important to occupy the institutional powers in order to change things.”

Talks between Greece and Eurozone finance ministers over Athens’ debt broke down Monday when the newly elected leftist Syriza government rejected a deal to extend the terms of the current bailout.

The Greek Syriza party was elected last month on a promise to roll back the crippling austerity measures in Greece’s international bailout.

While Syriza has taken power in Greece, the grassroots Spanish party Podemos is also quickly gaining popularity in Europe’s fifth largest economy.

On January 31, as many as 150,000 people rallied in Madrid to show support for the Podemos party, which translates into “We can.”

Podemos only became an official party last March, but a recent poll by El País found 28% of the population supports the party, enough to possibly win Spain’s next general election.

Last May, Podemos surprised many when it received 1.2 million votes and 5 seats in the European Parliament elections.

The party grew out of the “indignados” movement that began occupying squares in Spain four years ago. The indignados rallied against austerity cuts, rising unemployment and Spain’s political establishment.

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