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    Relying on Basque nationalists, but still in power: Where next for Spain’s ‘weak’ government?

Relying on Basque nationalists, but still in power: Where next for Spain’s ‘weak’ government?

Since being returned to power following elections last year, Mariano Rajoy’s Spanish government has had to rely on the support of smaller parties, such as Ciudadanos and the Basque Nationalist Party, to pass key legislation, including the 2017 national budget. Caroline Gray assesses what this fragile political situation has meant for the country, noting that while Rajoy has so […]

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    Catalonia’s referendum: Four views on whether the vote should go ahead

Catalonia’s referendum: Four views on whether the vote should go ahead

The Catalan government has announced plans to hold a referendum on independence from Spain on 1 October. However, the Spanish government has argued that such a referendum would be unconstitutional and it is still unclear whether the vote will take place. We asked four academics to give their views on whether the vote should be held, and what it would potentially mean […]

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    Podemos: Is a maverick leftist party mutating into the standard bearer of devolution?

Podemos: Is a maverick leftist party mutating into the standard bearer of devolution?

Pablo Iglesias reasserted his leadership over Podemos in a vote in early February, following a period of tension within the party between Iglesias and Iñigo Errejón. Juan Rodríguez-Teruel, Astrid Barrio and Oscar Barberà track the party’s development, writing that the schism between Iglesias and Errejón reflects just one of the fault-lines over Podemos’ development. They highlight the role of […]

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    Scotland, Brexit and Spain: A special deal for Scotland is unlikely

Scotland, Brexit and Spain: A special deal for Scotland is unlikely

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has indicated that she may call a second independence referendum if the UK government pursues a ‘hard’ Brexit. Paul Anderson writes on the options for Scotland, and the role Spain could play as it seeks to deal with its own secession issue in Catalonia. He states that it is unlikely a special deal for […]

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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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    Can a new leader change a party’s fortunes? How leadership changes affect voter perceptions about party policy

Can a new leader change a party’s fortunes? How leadership changes affect voter perceptions about party policy

Political parties regularly change their leadership following a disappointing election result, but how can parties be sure that a new leader will change how voters think about their policy positions? Drawing on a study of party leadership changes in seven European countries, Zeynep Somer-Topcu writes that leadership changes tend to increase the level of agreement among voters about what […]

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    Book Review: Iberian Military Politics: Controlling the Armed Forces During Dictatorship and Democratisation by José Javier Olivas Osuna

Book Review: Iberian Military Politics: Controlling the Armed Forces During Dictatorship and Democratisation by José Javier Olivas Osuna

In Iberian Military Politics: Controlling the Armed Forces During Dictatorship and Democratisation, José Javier Olivas Osuna traces the divergent trajectories of civil-military relations in Portugal and Spain from the 1930s to the 1980s. This book offers a convincing challenge to the idea of a shared Iberian pathway through dictatorship and democratisation, finds Alejandro Quiroga.
Iberian Military Politics: Controlling the Armed Forces During Dictatorship and […]

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    Brexit and Spain: Would the Spanish government really block Scotland’s EU membership?

Brexit and Spain: Would the Spanish government really block Scotland’s EU membership?

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has indicated that she intends to do everything in her power to keep Scotland within the EU following the UK’s decision to leave on 23 June. But how would other EU states react to the prospect of Scotland staying within the EU? Paul Anderson writes on the position of Spain, which is generally viewed […]

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    Spain’s general election: A country in search of a compromise

Spain’s general election: A country in search of a compromise

Spain held a general election on 26 June, just over six months after the last election in December failed to produce a governing coalition. The vote saw Mariano Rajoy’s People’s Party gain the largest share of seats, but not enough for a majority in parliament. Anwen Elias writes that the result demonstrated the resilience of the country’s two mainstream […]

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    While prospects for Catalan independence remain bleak, Spain’s territorial crisis is here to stay

While prospects for Catalan independence remain bleak, Spain’s territorial crisis is here to stay

Spain will hold a new general election on 26 June, following the failure to form a government after the previous election in December last year. Anwen Elias assesses how the issue of Catalan independence has played out against the backdrop of the country’s political deadlock. She writes that the independence process risks being derailed by internal divisions within the […]

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    Albert Rivera is emerging as the clear winner from Spain’s political deadlock

Albert Rivera is emerging as the clear winner from Spain’s political deadlock

Spain’s anti-austerity party, Podemos, has announced that it will hold a grassroots referendum among its supporters to determine whether to back a proposed coalition led by the centre-left Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE). Should this last attempt to reach an agreement fail, it is expected that new elections will be held in the summer. Benito Cao writes on the […]

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    Three key choices facing Spain as the country continues to search for its next government

Three key choices facing Spain as the country continues to search for its next government

Spain held elections on 20 December last year, but negotiations between the major parties have so far failed to produce a coalition. Oriol Costa and Laia Mestres identify three tough choices facing the country’s political actors, noting that while new elections may end up being the easiest path out of the deadlock, there is no guarantee the next result […]

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    The UK’s referendum and Spain: A Brexit is unlikely to be welcomed by Spanish citizens

The UK’s referendum and Spain: A Brexit is unlikely to be welcomed by Spanish citizens

The UK’s referendum will not only have an impact on Britain, but also on the rest of the European Union. As part of our series covering views on the referendum across Europe, Salvador Llaudes assesses the perspective of the Spanish government and Spanish citizens on a potential Brexit.

Internal tensions pushed David Cameron to launch the risky wager of undertaking […]

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    An election propelled by academia? Blurring the lines between political science and politics in Spain

An election propelled by academia? Blurring the lines between political science and politics in Spain

The Spanish general election has proven to be fertile ground for interactions between politics and academia. Tena Prelec and Stuart Brown single out two phenomena that have developed in Spain over recent years: the progressive engagement of precariously-paid junior scholars in politics, and a thriving community of young academic commentators which supplements, and in some cases supplants, the work of the mainstream media. They note that the contribution […]

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    How the next Spanish government might be formed after Spain’s election

How the next Spanish government might be formed after Spain’s election

Opinion polling suggests that it is unlikely any one party will gain a majority of seats in Spain’s general election on 20 December. Bonnie N. Field assesses the potential scenarios that could emerge in the aftermath of the vote. She writes that if a party system comprised of three or four significant statewide parties results from the elections, as […]

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Spanish general election preview: Podemos

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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    Catalonia is facing a deeply uncertain future – whether inside or outside of Spain

Catalonia is facing a deeply uncertain future – whether inside or outside of Spain

Following elections in Catalonia on 27 September, negotiations have taken place between the main pro-independence coalition, Together for Yes, and a smaller party, Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP), with a view to forming the next Catalan government. Sebastian Balfour writes that regardless of the outcome of these negotiations, Catalonia is now moving into uncharted territory, with Together for Yes committed […]

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    Rethinking secession: why Spain and Catalonia should not take stability for granted

Rethinking secession: why Spain and Catalonia should not take stability for granted

The Catalan elections on 27 September have raised further questions about Catalonia and Spain’s future. Ranj Alaaldin argues that Spain and Catalonia should draw lessons from the experiences of secession movements in other parts of the world. He writes that while Catalonia may have legitimate grievances over its treatment by the Spanish government, in the current climate separation is […]

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    Catalonia has taken the first step toward becoming a new nation in the EU

Catalonia has taken the first step toward becoming a new nation in the EU

What does the result of the Catalan elections on 27 September mean for the future of Catalonia and Spain? Montserrat Guibernau argues that the election result grants the legitimacy required for pro-independence parties to bring about a legally binding referendum on Catalan independence. Nevertheless she writes that the independence movement will face a number of challenges in implementing their […]

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    Whatever the result of the Catalan elections, both Catalonia and Spain are now entering uncharted territory

Whatever the result of the Catalan elections, both Catalonia and Spain are now entering uncharted territory

Catalonia will hold parliamentary elections on 27 September, with the vote being framed by several Catalan parties as a de facto poll on Catalan independence. Karlo Basta writes that regardless of whether these parties gain a majority in the election, both Catalonia and Spain are now entering uncharted territory. He notes that unlike other independence movements, such as those […]

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