Spain’s Austerity Decade Has Produced Anger and New Populist Parties

For the first time since the end of the Franco dictatorship, a left-wing coalition is ruling in Spain. But the country is more divided than ever.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - "Many people are still afraid of us. But one day we will become an integral part of the politics of this country," predicted Pablo Iglesias when he founded his left-wing party Podemos ("We can") in a Madrid theatre six years ago.

He was right; his movement has arrived at the forefront of Spanish politics. Iglesias, long dismissed as an ‘enfant-terrible’ by the old-established parties, was elected vice prime minister of Spain in early January.

1 The anger of youth

Iglesias began his political career with the Spanish communist youth movement, later . . .

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