Spain’s ruling socialist party led by prime minister Pedro Sanchez is set to regain control with his left-leaning allies close to a majority following Sunday’s vote for Spain’s Congress of Deputies, although based on most all of the votes counted, he would need a handful of votes from Catalan separatists, which may prove to be problematic.
As Bloomberg adds, the ruling Socialists are on track to win 123 seats, up from 85 in 2016. Its left-wing ally Podemos platform has another 42 seats while the Basque Nationalists, another group close to Sanchez, has six. That would give Sanchez 171 seats, just shy of the 176 he would need for a majority. The moderate Catalan separatist group Esquerra Republicana has another 15 seats and has signaled its willing to help. This could give the 47-year-old premier a shot at forming Spain’s first stable government in almost four years and enable him to chart a way forward for the country after years of economic crisis and political turmoil.
Also of note: a new nationalist party has emerged “to motivate supporters, who have historically been less reliable than voters on the right” according to Bloomberg. Vox is set to win seats in parliament for the first time, but its 24 seats (10.3% of votes) suggest it’s set to fall short of expectations and the huge buzz around their sudden emergence on the political scene. Vox’s parliamentary presence will mean Spain is no longer exempt from the right-wing populism that’s swept across Europe and the U.S. But unlike Italy and some other European nations, Spain remains a particularly enthusiastic member of the European Union. Not even Vox is suggesting pulling out.
The traditional conservative group, the People’s Party, lost about half its seats and will have 67 deputies in the new parliament.
Spain is bucking the euro trend of moving to the right for some reason. I have noticed increased feminist activity, LGBT activity (a record number of young spaniards – 15 % identify themselves as such, more than in many other euro countries), pro-immigration activity (large demonstrations in favor of migrants even though the country is under migrant invasion), a general move towards liberalism in society. Yes, there is Vox now, but that party is only getting 10 % support.
Something is wrong with that country. There is too much left wing activity, even though the country is under siege by migrants coming from Africa. This country is far from becoming another Italy.
Even before several years i knew that there is something wrong, and i wondered why is that. Social surveys indicated more liberal and pro-immigration views than in many other european countries.