Can the UK learn from Podemos and Syriza?

31 March 2015, 8.00 PM - 31 March 2015, 9.00 PM

Syriza, a left-wing political party formed in Greece in 2004, has recently won the elections in January. This  is unique since it is the first time since Greece returned to democracy in 1974 that a party other than New Democracy (centre right) or PASOK (the Socialist party) is in control of the government. In Spain, Podemos, a left party constituted in January 2014, obtained 1.2 million votes for the European Parliament elections in May 2014 and is now leading the polls for the general elections in November this year. This would also be the first time that a party other than the PSOE (Socialist) or PP (centre-right) wins the general elections since 1982. Both parties share common traits such as their opposition to austerity measures or their criticisms of policies conducted by previous traditional parties. What has led to the formation and rapid success of both parties? What are their proposals, how do they relate to the EU and can they be successfully implemented? and, most importantly, could similar political parties be successful in the UK?

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