A LEFT-WING think tank which counted Podemos leaders in its membership is accused of receiving more than €7 million from Hugo Chavez.
The ex-Venezuelan president is said to have made the payments to the Centre for Political and Social Studies (CEPS).
Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias was a member of CEPS, which received the funds between 2003 and 2011, according to ABC newspaper.
Iglesias has dismissed the ABC report as a ‘lie’.
Chavez, who died in 2014, wanted to ‘create a political movement in Spain aligned to Venezuela’s Bolivarian government.’
Iglesias said: “We have denounced this in court three times. Do we have to denounce it five, six or seven times?
“Some people are scared that Spain could have a progressive coalition government.”