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Major change in Spain's party system

Major change in Spain's party system
The Spaniards have elected two new political parties into parliament, ending a two-party system that lasted for decades. How will the election result change the country's politics?

El Mundo - Spain | Wednesday, 23. December 2015

Spain's big parties must join forces

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative People's Party (PP) lost its absolute majority in the general elections and will only be able to continue in power with the backing of the socialists (PSOE) in parliament. Opposition leader Pedro Sánchez must bite the bullet for the sake of his country, the conservative daily El Mundo demands: » more

Cumhuriyet - Turkey | Tuesday, 22. December 2015

New elections could end the Podemos dream

Following the Spanish parliamentary elections, both the socialist PSOE and the leftist party Podemos have rejected a coalition with the former ruling People's Party. But without coalition options the delight of Podemos's supporters may well be short-lived, the Kemalistic daily Cumhuriyet predicts: » more

Jutarnji list - Croatia | Tuesday, 22. December 2015

Two-party system in Spain has had its day

After the elections on Sunday it is clear that in Spain too, the traditional two-party system is no longer viable, the liberal daily Jutarnji list writes: » more

De Tijd - Belgium | Sunday, 20. December 2015

In record speed to ungovernable democracy

Spain has become ungovernable, the business daily De Tijd writes with an eye to the election results: » more

Público - Portugal | Sunday, 20. December 2015

Election could have a positive effect

The liberal daily Público contemplates the start of the new legislative period full of hope: » more

El País - Spain | Monday, 21. December 2015

Not a revolution, but a clear change

A stable government will only be possible through pacts that are very unusual for Spain, writes the centre-left daily El País, noting however that this is what the voters want: » more

Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Monday, 21. December 2015

Ciudadanos could have saved Spain

With 13.9 percent of the vote the new liberal party Ciudadanos came fourth in the elections. An extremely unfortunate result, the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino comments: » more

The Economist - United Kingdom | Thursday, 17. December 2015

Ciudadanos should govern with conservatives

The best outcome of Spain's parliamentary elections would be a centre-right government with the participation of the liberal protest party Ciudadanos, the liberal weekly magazine The Economist argues: » more - Spain | Tuesday, 15. December 2015

TV debate reflects poorly on Spanish democracy

Spain's public broadcaster aired on Monday a televised debate featuring only the leading candidates of the two major parties Partido Popular (Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy) and PSOE (Pedro Sánchez) ahead of the parliamentary elections this weekend. The left-wing website finds it outrageous that the new parties Podemos and Ciudadanos weren't given a forum to present their arguments: » more

El Periódico de Catalunya - Spain | Monday, 14. December 2015

Spaniards entitled to view poll results

A week before the parliamentary elections on December 20 the Spanish media have been banned from publishing poll results. The centre-left daily El Periódico de Catalunya explains why it refuses to go along with the ban: » more - Spain | Thursday, 26. November 2015

Rajoy evading real election campaign

Ahead of the parliamentary election on December 20 Spain's conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is willing to face his socialist rival Pedro Sánchez in just a single televised debate. His People's Party (PP) is shielding him from real debates that include the leading candidates of Ciudadanos and Podemos, Ignacio Escolar writes in annoyance on his blog with the leftist website » more

El Periódico de Catalunya - Spain | Friday, 6. November 2015

No lies about a boom before election

The EU Commission has estimated that Spain's economy will grow by just 2.7 percent in 2016, while Madrid is optimistically sticking to a forecast of three percent. Despite the election campaign the government must refrain from telling any fairy tales about a boom, the centre-left daily El Periódico de Catalunya comments: » more


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