Podemos gains ground, right behind Spain’s popular party

Americas Now

A new political party in Spain is catching the world’s attention with its populist rhetoric and massive marches. One year after it was established, Podemos has risen to become a contender for this year’s general elections, polling ahead of the Socialist Party (PSOE), and only behind the ruling Popular Party (PP).

Podemos was birthed from the huge protest movement that rocked Spain in 2011. The country was reeling from corruption scandals and a collapsed economy.

Its top leaders all have close ties to Latin America and that’s reflected in the party platform. But the Latin American influences that have inspired Podemos and its followers, could also hurt the party in the end.

Americas Now correspondent Gerry Hadden reported from Spain.

Podemos gains ground, right behind Spain\'s popular party

Podemos gains ground, right behind Spain\'s popular party

A new political party in Spain is catching the world’s attention with its populist rhetoric and massive marches. One year after it was established, Podemos has risen to become a contender for this year’s general elections, polling ahead of the Socialist Party (PSOE), and only behind the ruling Popular Party (PP).