Spain's Podemos and the Rise of the New European Bolsheviks

Only a few months ago no one believed that new radical leftist forces could challenge the traditional political parties in Europe and be successful. But now the unthinkable may be happening — Podemos, a Spanish party drawing strong inspiration from Greece’s Syriza, could be poised for electoral dominance. Former Spanish national security advisor and political analyst Rafael Bardaji examines the likelihood and consequences.

At the end of February, 155,000 people watched Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy’s annual State of the Nation debate. A hair more than half that number, 77,000 Spaniards, watched the response by Pedro Sanchez, the head of the socialist PSOE — up …

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