Why Countries Like Spain Should Welcome Their Fragmented Party Politics

Supporters of Spain’s far-right Vox party  attend its closing election campaign event in Madrid, Spain, Nov. 8, 2019 (AP photo by Bernat Armangue).
Supporters of Spain’s far-right Vox party attend its closing election campaign event in Madrid, Spain, Nov. 8, 2019 (AP photo by Bernat Armangue).
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It has taken four elections in as many years, but Spain’s politicians are finally coming to grips with coalition politics. Pedro Sanchez, the caretaker prime minister and leader of the center-left Socialist Party, called last Sunday’s election—the second this year—in the hopes of persuading the far-left Podemos party to accept a coalition government on his terms. Instead, with the Socialists losing seats and the far-right Vox party gaining ground, he has been forced to accept Podemos’ terms, including making its leader, Pablo Iglesias, deputy prime minister. The two left-wing parties are still short of a majority in parliament and will […]

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