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    Why the left loses: Explaining the decline of centre-left parties

Why the left loses: Explaining the decline of centre-left parties

Are centre-left parties across Europe facing a future of decline? Drawing on a new book, Rob Manwaring and Paul Kennedy argue that an essential element in any robust democracy is an effective centre-left. However, centre-left parties now face a number of major challenges, from the rise of new parties, to the erosion of their traditional support bases, and only […]

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    Dialogue of the deaf? How Catalonia and Spain can be brought back from the brink

Dialogue of the deaf? How Catalonia and Spain can be brought back from the brink

All eyes remain on Catalonia, with speculation that the Catalan government will soon issue a unilateral declaration of independence. Paul Kennedy writes that a further revision of Catalonia’s regional Statute, or even an amendment of the constitution, could be possible options for enabling both sides to come to a solution. But it remains to be seen whether the Spanish […]

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    The resignation of Pedro Sánchez has left Spain’s PSOE in crisis

The resignation of Pedro Sánchez has left Spain’s PSOE in crisis

The leader of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), Pedro Sánchez, resigned on 1 October. Paul Kennedy assesses what lies next for the party, which has experienced a prolonged period of decline since it last won power in the 2008 Spanish general election.

 

The Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), which has spent more time in office than any other political […]

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Spanish general election preview: The PSOE

Spain will hold a general election on 20 December, with opinion polls indicating a tight contest between four parties for the largest share of the vote – the governing People’s Party (PP), who have a small lead in most polls, the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), Ciudadanos (C’s), and Podemos. To mark the election, EUROPP is running a series […]

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    Where do Spain’s political parties stand after the country’s local and regional elections?

Where do Spain’s political parties stand after the country’s local and regional elections?

Spain’s local and regional elections on 24 May were expected to give an indication of where the main parties stand in the leadup to the country’s next general election. Paul Kennedy writes that while Mariano Rajoy’s Popular Party and the centre-left PSOE remain Spain’s two largest parties, the elections confirmed their overall decline alongside the rise of new challengers […]

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    What does the UK’s election result mean for Europe? Four expert responses

What does the UK’s election result mean for Europe? Four expert responses

Simon Usherwood: “For an EU that’s really suffered in recent years, this is all another massive problem to have to deal with”
Kai Arzheimer: “Angela Merkel will not be thrilled by the news that David Cameron will continue as PM”
John Gaffney: “Opinion in France is generally as stunned by the unexpected result as opinion in the UK”
Paul Kennedy: “Spain’s conservative […]

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    Is Spain heading for a four party system? Assessing the state of play ahead of a series of key Spanish elections

Is Spain heading for a four party system? Assessing the state of play ahead of a series of key Spanish elections

Spain will hold local and regional elections in the coming months, with a general election scheduled for later in the year. Paul Kennedy writes on the state of play in the Spanish party system ahead of the elections, where a surge in support for both the left-wing Podemos, and the centrist Ciudadanos, poses a threat to the country’s two […]

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    Opinion polling leaves little doubt Podemos could break into the mainstream of Spanish politics at next year’s general election

Opinion polling leaves little doubt Podemos could break into the mainstream of Spanish politics at next year’s general election

Recent opinion polls in Spain have indicated that the left-wing Podemos (‘We Can’) party, which was only formed in January of this year, could gain the largest share of the vote in Spain’s 2015 general election. Paul Kennedy assesses the challenge the party poses to Spain’s traditional two-party system. He writes that a key indicator as to whether Podemos […]

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    The breakthrough of Podemos in Spain poses a serious challenge for the country’s two-party system

The breakthrough of Podemos in Spain poses a serious challenge for the country’s two-party system

In contrast to other countries across Europe which saw the emergence of Eurosceptic and far-right parties during the European Parliament elections, the story in Spain was the breakthrough of the left-wing ‘Podemos’ (‘We can’), who secured eight per cent of the country’s vote despite only being formed shortly before the election. Paul Kennedy writes on the party’s development and […]

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