New Players, Old Tensions Reconfigure Spain’s Politics

Popular Party supporters outside the party's headquarters following the national elections, Madrid, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 (AP photo by Paul White).
Popular Party supporters outside the party's headquarters following the national elections, Madrid, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 (AP photo by Paul White).

When Spain went to the polls last December, the outcome sent the country into a state of political limbo. Neither the incumbent conservative Popular Party (PP) nor the main opposition party, the social-democratic Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), captured the majority of seats necessary to form a new government in the Congress of Deputies, Spain’s parliament. The PP won 28.7 percent of votes; the PSOE won 22 percent. At the same time, two political newcomers, bolstered by the economic crisis that has gripped Spain since 2011, managed to capture a third of all votes cast. The resulting 20 percent for […]

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