Pablo Iglesias (PODEMOS): Gets 51 Votes as Candidate for President of European Parliament.
A Respectable 51 Votes Yesterday.
GUE/NGL MEP Pablo Iglesias presents his candidacy for President of the European Parliament:
“The exceptional political situation today in Europe requires not more of the same failed policies, it requires an exceptional response. Perhaps the most important lesson we can draw from the European Election results is that citizens all across Europe have rejected the status quo. People have seen that the neoliberal economic model based on greed, free market principles, and the protection of financial interests at all costs is responsible for the ravaged economies in periphery counties, particularly in the south of Europe. Hard fought for gains have been swept away: social rights, democratic principles, equality, and popular sovereignty.
“Austerity decided by the few has diminished democracy and has ruined the social fabric in southern countries and destroyed labour protection laws. You’ve seen that submission to the dictates of the Troika is economically inefficient and dramatic in terms of social and human rights and poverty.”
“All of us, as elected members, have a duty and a responsibility to defend these gains, and stop Europe being governed behind the backs of citizens. We know all too well that these methods have been proven not to work: we have a continent ruled by a self-serving group of financial elites while the majority of people from the southern countries of Europe continue to be punished by poverty, inequality, and this loss of sovereignty.”
European United Left/Nordic Green Left European Parliamentary Group
Martin Schulz (S&D, DE) 409: Mr Schulz duly elected President of the European Parliament
Sajjad Karim (ECR, UK) 101
Pablo Iglesias (GUE, ES) 51
Ulrike Lunacek (Greens/EFA, AT) 51
Pablo Iglesias is a member of PODEMOS,
“Podemos (meaning “We can” in Spanish) is a Spanish political party created on 11 March 2014 by Spanish leftist activists associated with the 15-M movement that emerged from the 2011–12 Spanish protests. Its defacto leader is Pablo Iglesias Turrión a writer, professor of Political Science at the Complutense University in Madrid and occasional Spanish television presenter for a regional political discussion program Fort Apache.
This is the axis of their programme:
1. Recuperar la economía, construir la democracia
2. Conquistar la libertad, construir la democracia
3. Conquistar la igualdad, construir la democracia
4. Recuperar la fraternidad, construir la democracia
5. Conquistar la soberanía, construir la democracia
6. Recuperar la tierra, construir la democracia
- 1. Recovering the economy places emphasis on public control, includes poverty reduction and social dignity via a basic income for everyone. It includes lobbying controls and tax-avoidance remedies for large corporations and multinational organisations, as well as promotion of smaller enterprises.
- 2. 3. 4. Promoting liberty fraternity and equality is about breaking down barriers across Europe and allowing people to cooperate fairly without either intelligence gathering or social inhibitions which are notionally ‘counter-terrorism measures.
- 5. Redefining Sovereignty implies revoking or curtailing the Treaty of Lisbon, abandoning memoranda of understanding, withdrawing from some free trade agreements and promoting referenda on any major constitutional reform.
- 6. Recover the land deals with reduction of fossil fuel consumption, promotion of public transport and renewable energy initiatives, reduction of industrial cash crop agriculture and stimulus of local food production by Small and medium enterprises
There was a significant article in Le Monde yesterday on Pablo Iglesias and PODEMOS L’«indigné» espagnol qui veut bousculer l’Europe.
We await its equivalent in the mainstream English language media.
In the meantime International Viewpoint published this highly informative analysis of Podemos The rise of Podemos by
In the European election Podemos got 8% of the vote (5 MEPs). The other left bloc Izquierda Unida, got more votes than Podemos, at 10% (6 MEPs).
As one can imagine there is plenty of scope for controversy to explore there.
These focus on how to “construir una nueva forma de organización política.“