Donald Trump’s telephone call with the president of Taiwan shortly after he won the vote to become the next president of the US caused a diplomatic stir. Some attributed it to Trump’s ignorance of diplomatic protocol – which is to officially ignore the existence of a Taiwanese government that’s independent of the mainland. Others speculated that it signalled a radical shift in US government policy in Asia as a whole.
- Published: Thursday, 16 March 2017 12:02
- Written by Josep Maria Antentas
Podemos’s second congress Vistalegre II, that reaffirmed Pablo Iglesias’s power, can be summarized as a confrontation without debate and a spectacle without substance. The final outcome, more a battle for power than a real discussion about the party’s future plans, is a facelift of what was decided at Vistalegre I. What was at stake was mainly the risk of negative changes rather than positive ones: either to move towards the final political normalization of Podemos (advocated by Errejón) or to remain a rebellious force but with major strategic incoherence (as Iglesias defended). So, at Vistalegre II, Podemos did not ultimately become worse but neither did it substantially improve. The overall assessment is crystal clear: the best thing that happened was that the worst was avoided.