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Spain's new left-wing Podemos party stirring up elections
Spain's new left-wing Podemos party stirring up elections

Pablo Iglesias is a popular political science professor known to weave “Game of Thrones” analogies through his lectures on Machiavelli and Marx. The 36-year-old recently removed his eyebrow piercing, but still sports a long ponytail and lives in a graffitied Madrid slum. He hosts a hit TV talk show on a channel funded by Iran, and once worked as an advisor to his late hero, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. He's never, ever seen wearing a tie. But 16 months ago, Iglesias founded a left-wing political party called Podemos — “We Can” in Spanish — that has ruptured the two-party system that has governed Spain for decades and appears poised to...

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