Left’s Love and Hate for Europe: Syriza, Podemos and Critical Visions of Europe During the Crisis

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)


The economic and financial crisis has particularly hit the European periphery. In the South, austerity policies imposed have provoked a strong wave of anti-austerity protests and dramatic rise of distrust towards national and European institutions. At the same time, new political actors, such as Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain rose in popularity disputing domestic and European political elites, while promising to deal with the critical situation of national economies while remaining within Europe. In this chapter, departing from a series of interviews with activists and party members we explore Syriza and Podemos’ ambivalent stance towards Europe: after examining the context within which these marginal political actors emerged, we study how the leftist parties framed European institutions and the European project.


Syriza Podemos Left parties Euroscepticism Social movements Crisis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Scuola Normale SuperioreInstitute of Humanities and Social SciencesFirenzeItaly
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of Crete, Gallos CampusRethymnonGreece

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