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Spain shows that the 'anti-politics' vote is not a monopoly of the right


Podemos, the recently formed anti-austerity and anti-elite group, with a tiny campaign budget, won more than 1m votes in Spain

The disturbing advance by the far-right in Britain, France and Denmark in this week's European elections has been linked to a reaction against established politics. Specifically, it is against two political convergences by the mainstream left and right. First, over neoliberal economic and social policy, which has led to greater inequality, insecurity and poverty, particularly under austerity; and second, over the undesirability of immigration. The former has led to a growing detachment from politics for many; the latter has helped to usher the least liberal of the disengaged into the hands of those posing as the anti-establishment...