However, there is another upstart party, Ciudadanos, which won nine seats. The Socialists might try forming a coalition with them. The two new parties will be in a position to challenge the old system in which two parties dominated. More and more voters are challenging the old parties as Spain suffers from austerity policies
Podemos also holds five seats in the European Parliament.
European pollsters say that if an election were held now in Spain, Podemos would win. However, no election is scheduled until October or even November of this year.
Many in the Spanish, financial, political, and media establishment worry about the rise of Podemos, particularly the heads of major banks. The ruling People's Party warns voters of the danger of electing a party that will destabilise Spain.
The warnings appear to be unheard by the populace. While Spain is one of Europe's fastest growing economies this has done little do ameliorate the effects of austerity policies and a punishing unemployment rate.
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Ken is a retired philosophy professor living in the boondocks of Manitoba, Canada, with his Filipina wife. He enjoys reading the news and writing articles. Politically Ken is on the far left of the political spectrum on many issues.