Anwen Elias

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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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    Far from settling the independence question, the Catalan elections have simply added to the uncertainty over Catalonia’s future

Far from settling the independence question, the Catalan elections have simply added to the uncertainty over Catalonia’s future

Pro-independence parties won a majority of seats in the Catalan elections on 27 September, which were billed by several parties as a de facto referendum on Catalonia’s secession from Spain. As Anwen Elias writes, however, the elections have failed to provide a concrete answer to the independence question. With the pro-independence parties securing less than 50 per cent of […]

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    Spain’s local elections underlined the profound changes taking place in the Spanish party system

Spain’s local elections underlined the profound changes taking place in the Spanish party system

Spain held regional and local elections on 24 May. Anwen Elias assesses what the results of the elections mean for Spain ahead of the upcoming general election, and for Catalonia in the lead up to regional elections in September that have been billed by some parties as a de facto vote on independence. She writes that the capacity of […]

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    The rise of Podemos poses a challenge for pro-independence parties ahead of the 2015 Catalan elections

The rise of Podemos poses a challenge for pro-independence parties ahead of the 2015 Catalan elections

On 15 January, early parliamentary elections were called in Catalonia, with the vote set to be held in September. Anwen Elias writes on how the elections will shape the on-going debates over Catalan independence. She notes that one of the main challenges pro-independence parties will face is the rise of Podemos, which supports Catalonia’s ‘right to decide’ over the […]

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