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Belgium: Podemos' Iglesias steps down as MEP to fight in Spanish election02:28

Belgium: Podemos' Iglesias steps down as MEP to fight in Spanish election

France, Strasbourg
October 27, 2015 at 14:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

Secretary General of Podemos Pablo Iglesias spoke at the European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg, Tuesday, to announce that he was resigning his seat at the chamber to become eligible for the general elections taking place in Spain on December 20.

During his speech, Iglesias recalled his first intervention at the EP 15 months ago, and stated that back then, he "aspired to a different Europe, a Europe that was a little less tough with the weak and a little less accommodating to the powerful." According to Iglesias, "unfortunately, those statements I made 15 months ago remain in force today."

Regarding his resignation as Member of the European Parliament, he explained to the deputies that the reason for his return home was "to avoid having people like you in government in Spain." Before finishing, Iglesias asked the EP to "stop playing chess with people in the Mediterranean, to work for peace instead of promoting wars, help people who are fleeing horror," and above all "stop destroying the dignity of Europe."

Pablo Iglesias Turrion is a Spanish politician who has been the Secretary-General of Podemos since its creation in 2014. Iglesias was previously a lecturer in political science at the Complutense University of Madrid. He was first elected to the European Parliament in the 2014 European elections held in May, as the leading candidate of the newly-formed party along with four other members of the organisation.

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Secretary General of Podemos Pablo Iglesias spoke at the European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg, Tuesday, to announce that he was resigning his seat at the chamber to become eligible for the general elections taking place in Spain on December 20.

During his speech, Iglesias recalled his first intervention at the EP 15 months ago, and stated that back then, he "aspired to a different Europe, a Europe that was a little less tough with the weak and a little less accommodating to the powerful." According to Iglesias, "unfortunately, those statements I made 15 months ago remain in force today."

Regarding his resignation as Member of the European Parliament, he explained to the deputies that the reason for his return home was "to avoid having people like you in government in Spain." Before finishing, Iglesias asked the EP to "stop playing chess with people in the Mediterranean, to work for peace instead of promoting wars, help people who are fleeing horror," and above all "stop destroying the dignity of Europe."

Pablo Iglesias Turrion is a Spanish politician who has been the Secretary-General of Podemos since its creation in 2014. Iglesias was previously a lecturer in political science at the Complutense University of Madrid. He was first elected to the European Parliament in the 2014 European elections held in May, as the leading candidate of the newly-formed party along with four other members of the organisation.

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