Spanish politics: A three-cornered hat

Hey, Pablo Iglesias

THEY chanted and sang and promised happiness. But after Spain’s radical Podemos (“We Can”) party chose its leaders on November 15th it remained remarkably thin on policy. “There is still much to do,” admitted the party leader, Pablo Iglesias, after 89% of the party’s 107,000 internet voters had ticked his name.The rise of Podemos is a triumph for Mr Iglesias and the technologically astute university lecturers and activists who designed, launched and kept control of the party in its first ten months. It also marks the resurgence of the indignados, protesters who peacefully took over city squares in May 2011, two-and-a-half years after Spain first plunged into the economic dumps.It has taken years of chronic unemployment, a banking bail-out, a second dip into recession (now over) and a flood of corruption cases to see the amorphous indignados take shape in party politics. In opinion polls support for Podemos has surged as high as 28%. But turning this into real votes may yet prove difficult.Podemos stood for its first elections, to the European Parliament, in May and…

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