Pablo Iglesias Turrión

Not to be confused with Pablo Iglesias Posse, Spanish politician born in 1850.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Iglesias and the second or maternal family name is Turrión.
Pablo Iglesias Turrión
Leader of the Opposition
Assumed office
31 October 2016
Monarch Felipe VI
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
Preceded by Pedro Sánchez
Secretary General of Podemos
Assumed office
15 November 2014
Preceded by Position established
Member of the Congress of Deputies
Assumed office
13 January 2016
Constituency Madrid
Member of the European Parliament
In office
1 July 2014  27 October 2015
Constituency Spain
Personal details
Born (1978-10-17) 17 October 1978
Madrid, Spain
Political party Podemos (2014–present)
Unidos Podemos (2016–present)
Other political
Communist Youth Union of Spain (1992-1999)
Alma mater Complutense University
Charles III University
European Graduate School

Pablo Manuel Iglesias Turrión, known as either Pablo Iglesias or Pablo Iglesias Turrión (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpaβlo iˈɣlesjas tuˈrjon]; born 17 October 1978) is a Spanish politician who has been the Secretary-General of Podemos since 2014.

Before then, he was a lecturer in political science at the Complutense University of Madrid. He was elected to the European Parliament in the 2014 elections as the leading candidate of the newly formed party Podemos, along with four other members of his party. He hosts the internet programs La Tuerka and Fort Apache, and frequently appears in Spanish political TV shows.

Early life and education

Iglesias was born in Madrid, where he studied with honours at Complutense University. He received his degree in law (2001), including an Erasmus term at the University of Bologna, before turning to political science and administration, receiving his licentiate (2004), teaching certificate (2004), DEA (2005) and PhD (2008).[1] His doctoral dissertation was on political conflict and peace processes, titled "Post-National Collective Action", under Heriberto Cairo Carou.[2][3] Iglesias has also obtained a Master of Humanities (2010, honours) from Charles III University with a thesis regarding a political analysis of cinema, and a Master of Arts in Communication (2011, distinction) from the European Graduate School in Switzerland, where he studied political theory, cinema and psychoanalysis.[1][4]

Academic career

He was the acting head teacher of political science in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid,[5] where he was named honorary professor in September 2014.[6] He defended in 2008 his dissertation, which was supervised by Heriberto Cairo Carou,[3] and whose subject was collective political action in post-millennial political history.[7] Since 2002, he has published more than 30 articles in academic journals.[8]

Media work

Iglesias presents the political debate TV shows Fort Apache for the Iranian government's Hispan TV and La Tuerka while he is also the director of programming at the production company Con Mano Izquierda (With the Left Hand).[9] He has also written articles in publications such as Público,[10] Kaosenlared,[11] Diagonal[12] and[13]


In 2003, he started a TV programme on Tele K, La Tuerka[14] (produced by Producciones CMI).

In November 2012, he appeared as a commentator in an episode of the news show La Sexta Columna titled Rajoy año I: La realidad era esto,[15] which analyzed the first year of Mariano Rajoy's government. In May 2013, Iglesias was invited to the political talk show El Gato al Agua,[16] broadcast by Intereconomía, to talk about the political demonstration Rodea el Congreso.[17][18] After this participation, he started to receive requests from other media and became a frequent guest to political talk shows like El Gato al Agua, El cascabel al gato (13 TV), La Sexta Noche (La Sexta), Las Mañanas de Cuatro (Cuatro) and La Noche en 24 Horas (24 Horas).

In October 2013, he was given the "Enfocados" prize by the Department of Journalism and Audiovisual Communication of the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid[19] for his contribution to social change, which he shared with Ignacio Escolar and Jordi Évole in the individual category.

Political career

Iglesias positions himself on the left-wing. He was a member of the Communist Youth Union of Spain from 1992 to 1999 and was part of the anti-globalisation movement.[20][21][22]

Since the early-2000s, Iglesias has been involved with the Center for Political and Social Studies Foundation (CEPS) and is currently on the executive board of the organization.[23][24] During the 2000s, Iglesias was involved in Latin American politics for the CEPS Foundation and monitored elections in Paraguay and Bolivia while acting as a strategic analysis advisor for the government of Venezuela and as a consultant for the government of Bolivia.[24][25] Iglesias has stated that he admires the policies of Hugo Chávez.[22][26]

Iglesias campaigning for Podemos at the 2014 European elections

In January 2014, he presented, along with other people and groups, the Podemos movement,[27] as a participant political force in the 2014 European elections. He was elected to the head of the party list in open primary elections.[28]

He was then elected as a Member of the European Parliament.

On 25 June 2014, GUE/NGL, the European Parliament group Podemos joined, elected him as the candidate for the presidency of the European Parliament.[29][30] As an MEP, Iglesias was a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Subcommittee on Human Rights and vice-chair of the Delegation for relations with Mercosur. He was also a substitute for the Subcommittee on Security and Defence and the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.[31]

On 27 October 2015 he resigned his seat in the European Parliament in order to focus on the campaign for the 2015 Spanish general election.[32]

Personal life

Iglesias was named after the 19th century "father" of Spanish socialism and founder of the Spanish Socialist Worker's Party (PSOE), Pablo Iglesias Posse.[20] He is the son of Luisa Turrión, a lawyer for the trade union CCOO, and Javier Iglesias, a labor inspector and retired history professor, and, according to Iglesias, former member of the Frente Revolucionario Antifascista y Patriota.[33] Pablo's grandfather Manuel Iglesias was sentenced to death in Francoist Spain, but the sentence was not carried out because the accusations against him were proved to be false.[34] His mother's grandfather was one of the founders of the General Union of Workers (UGT), one of the largest workers unions in Spain.[35]



  1. 1 2 Iglesias Turrión, Pablo. "Pablo Iglesias Turrión's CV" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  2. Pablo Iglesias Turrión's dissertation
  3. 1 2 Iglesias Turrión, Pablo (2009). Multitud y acción colectiva postnacional: un estudio comparado de los desobedientes: de Italia a Madrid (2000–2005) (in Spanish). Universidad Complutense de Madrid. ISBN 978-84-692-1016-1. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  4. Profesorado-Pablo Iglesias Turrión UCM's website, 3rd Department of Political Science. Access date 23 May 2014.
  5. Pacho, Nacho (12 July 2014). "La Complutense quiere que Pablo Iglesias sea profesor honorífico". El Mundo (in Spanish). El rector explica que Iglesias ya no pertenece a la UCM desde el pasado 1 de julio, cuando perdió su condición de profesor titular interino
  6. "La Complutense nombra profesor honorífico a Pablo Iglesias". (in Spanish). 25 September 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  7. Marina González (6 August 2014). "El que puede". La Diaria (in Spanish). Archived from the original on September 26, 2014.
  8. Pablo Iglesias Turrión in Google Scholar. Access date 23 May 2014.
  9. Producciones Con Mano Izquierda. "Pablo Iglesias Turrión. Director de contenidos y creatividad" (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  10. "Otra vuelta de Tuerka". Público (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  11. "Artículos de Pablo Iglesias". Kaosenlared (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  12. Iglesias Turrión, Pablo (22 July 2006). "Asamblea constituyente y revolución". Diagonal (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  13. "Artículos de Pablo Iglesias". Rebelió (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  14. Rozas, Daniel (3 July 2012). "I am not a crock! "A la izquierda le falta imaginación"". Diagonal. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  15. Rajoy año I: La realidad era esto,, 16 November 2012.
  16. "Pablo Iglesias en El Gato al Agua". 24 April 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  17. Europa Press (31 March 2013). "El 25S llama a "asediar" el Congreso el 25 de abril y a no abandonar hasta que dimita el Gobierno". Europa Press (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  18. Efe (16 April 2013). "El Congreso no celebrará pleno durante el intento de "asedio" del 25S". La Razón (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  19. "Celebrada la primera edición de los Premios de Periodismo para el Cambio Social". entreculturas (in Spanish). 13 November 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  20. 1 2 Minder, Raphael (29 May 2014). "Spanish Upstart Party Said It Could, and Did. Now the Hard Part Begins.". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  21. "Iglesias to head Spain's leftist Podemos party". The Local. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  22. 1 2 Ames, Paul (15 November 2014). "Europe looks left". Global Post. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  23. "¿Qué es la Fundación CEPS?". CEPS Foundation (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  24. 1 2 Mercado, Francisco (17 June 2014). "La fundación relacionada con Podemos cobró 3,7 millones de Chávez en 10 años". El Pais. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  25. Ruiz Valdivia, Antonio (11 May 2014). "25 datos que no sabías de Pablo Iglesias". Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  26. "Pablo Iglesias Turrión se hizo presente en un homenaje a Hugo Chávez" (in Spanish). El Propio. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  27. Europa Press (13 March 2014). "Podemos formaliza su inscripción como partido político". (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  28. "Pablo Iglesias, elegido cabeza de lista por Podemos en las primarias con más participación para las europeas". Público (in Spanish). 3 April 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  29. Fariza, Ignacio (25 June 2014). "Pablo Iglesias, candidato de la Izquierda Unitaria a la presidencia de la Eurocámara". El País.
  30. Europa Press (25 June 2014). "Pablo Iglesias, elegido candidato a presidir el Parlamento Europeo por la Izquierda Unitaria Europea". El Mundo.
  31. "Pablo IGLESIAS". European Parliament. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  32. Francesco, Manetto (27 October 2015). "Iglesias deja el Parlamento Europeo con un duro ataque a la gran coalición". El País. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  33. El último secretario general, Público, 18 September 2012.
  34. "El abuelo de Pablo Iglesias fue represaliado por el franquismo". (in Spanish). 13 August 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  35. "El que puede". Archived from the original on September 26, 2014.
Political offices
Title last held by
Pedro Sánchez
Leader of the Opposition

Party political offices
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