Tuesday 31 January 2017

Room M2B | Appleton Tower
The University of Edinburgh

Vladimir Bortun
PhD Candidate in Politics · University of Portsmouth

Prof Luke March | Discussant
Professor of Post-Soviet and Comparative Politics · University of Edinburgh
Deputy Director, Princess Dashkova Russian Centre

Anthony Salamone | Chair
Europa Research Group Co-Convenor · PhD Candidate in Politics · University of Edinburgh

This presentation will begin with a provisional attempt to define – in contrast to much of the current literature – the new left to-the-left-of-social-democracy that emerged in the EU at the turn of the millenium. It will then focus on the most successful new left parties in Southern Europe: Bloco (Portugal), Syriza (Greece) and Podemos (Spain). After comparing them, it will consider their transnational cooperation since the start of the Eurozone crisis in 2009, which would reasonably be expected to have increased. It will set out the factors, obstacles and prospects for that cooperation, particularly in the light of the 2015 clash between the Syriza government and the troika, and subsequent developments in the wider European left.