The political party Podemos stands on the edge of a historic victory in Spain. Only formed in 2014 in response to austerity measures imposed by the EU, the party gained five seats in the European Parliament that year but is expected to become the new government following elections in December this year. In Politics in a Time of Crisis, party leader Pablo Iglesias sets out his agenda for social justice, a fair economy and a new democratic Europe. Politics in a Time of Crisis looks at the problems of Spain but also sees that there is a global challenge to democracy that needs to be resisted. This consists of the Troika, large corporations and the “Wall Street Party” that make decisions and control economies without engaging with the people whose lives are affected. The Great Recession, he shows, was an excuse to dismantle the welfare state and bolster the power of the elites.
By Pablo Iglesias
Publication: November 10, 2015 / 9781784783358 / £10.99 / Paperback / 192 pages
The election in Spain in December 2015 should be as explosive as Greece's, with the possibility that Iglesias's radical-left party could sweep to power. Publishing for the first time in English (November 1oth). Galley copies now available. Foreword by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras