After Syriza: What’s next for Spain?

Marina Prentoulis and Lasse Thomasssen argue that although Podemos are unlikely to win an outright majority in the general election, they have galvanised the opposition to the conservative government, while simultaneously challenging the parties of the old left. The significance of Syriza’s electoral victory for anti-austerity parties and politics across…

The winds are changing: a new left populism for Europe

Marina Prentoulis and Lasse Thomassen argue that the unprecedented presence of international media, solidarity delegations and representatives of socialist and leftish parties in Athens signalled that Syriza’s triumph was something more than just another electoral victory.  A spectre is haunting Europe: the spectre of populism. This time it is not the far…

Owen Jones

Owen Jones spoke at the University of East Anglia (UEA) on Monday 3 November.  Listen to his talk here. Owen is a columnist and the author of Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class. His new book, The Establishment – And How They Get Away With It, was published in September…

(Re) evaluating Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown has received many negative evaluations for his tenure as Prime Minister.  Jim Buller and Toby James argue that some of this is unfair. Gordon Brown has announced his decision to ‘stand down’ as MP last night.  Brown had largely stepped back from ‘front-line’ politics after leaving office as…