Since Podemos’s breakthrough in the 2014 European elections, Pablo Iglesias has been a central figure on the international left, with an impact spreading far beyond Spain. After several internal crises, ruptures, and general elections, today Podemos is part of his country’s ruling coalition, led by Pedro Sánchez’s Socialist Party.
After the regional elections in Madrid in 2021, Iglesias left all positions in both the government and his party, and returned to political communication with La Base, a podcast for Público newspaper. But this did not end his influence on Spanish politics. In July, he returned to the center of the news with the emergence of audio featuring exchanges between journalist Antonio García Ferreras and former police commissioner José Manuel Villarejo. The recordings proved the fabrication of fake news to damage Podemos’s image on the eve of the 2016 elections.
Iglesias spoke to Jacobin’s Martín Mosquera about Spain’s government, the inflation crisis, and the progress of the Left elsewhere in Europe.