Magazine article New Internationalist

Introducing. Pablo Iglesias Turrión

Magazine article New Internationalist

Introducing. Pablo Iglesias Turrión

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Southern Europe continues to throw up activists-turned-politicians committed to standing up to the austerity regime being imposed by a neoliberal European Union and its financial-sector allies. First, it was the Syriza Party in Greece, then the Italian comic-turned-activist Beppo Grillo, and now the soft-spoken Pablo Iglesias and his newly minted Podemos Party in Spain. Iglesias, with his signature ponytail, emerged out of the country's indignados protest movement to win his party 1.2 million votes and five MEPs in the 2014 European elections. As a consequence, he has become a lightning rod in Spanish politics, held by some to be a dangerous radical threat and by others an oasis of hope in a desert of capitulation to the managers of austerity.

At just 35, Iglesias represents a younger generation in a political game long dominated by an old-guard gerontocracy. …

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