- 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.