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eldiario.es - Spain | 04/03/2015

Podemos must not turn into mainstream party

The Spanish left-wing party Podemos, which is currently doing extremely well in the polls, has increasingly adopted hierarchical structures since its launch in January 2014 and must take care not to become a mainstream party just like the others, warns Samuel Pulido on the left-leaning online portal eldiario.es: "One morning the monster woke up after an exciting election dream and found it had turned into just another governing party - with their hierarchies, posts and ready-made rhetoric. A party full of cynics, focussed on containing the democratic onslaught rather than joining it. This is the nightmare that many of us who support Podemos had from the beginning, ever since we realised that an election victory was within our reach. If Podemos has to be a party in order to unblock the rigid institutions, let it at least be a party that is different to those it aims to replace - in terms of both the way it functions and the content it spreads. For its journey through the representative institutions it needs a certain amount of baggage, but much of that baggage is an unnecessary and avoidable burden."

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