Spain’s electoral countdown: rejuvenating a political “El Clasico”

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(L-R) Senate s candidate Pio Garcia Escudero, Spanish Prime Minister and People's Party (PP) candidate Mariano Rajoy, Madrid's PP President Esperanza Aguirre, Madrid's autonomous region President Cristina Cifuentes, Spanish Vice-President Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, Agriculture Minister Isabel Garcia Tejerina and Treasure Minister Cristobal Montoro wave during their first election campaign rally in Madrid, Spain, 03 December 2015. The Spanish general election will be held on 20 December 2015.

Spain’s electoral countdown: rejuvenating a political “El Clasico”


The latest opinion poll reported by El Pais sees the incumbent Popular Party first with 28,6%, followed by PSOE (20,8%), Ciudadanos (19%) and Podemos (9,1%).  In sum, the traditional pendulum between a European People’s Party and a Social Democratic affiliates persists in Spain, although limping and in need of crouches.

Given the results of regional elections and the overall political agenda, the PP and Ciudadanos could and probably would be able to reach a deal that would secure an absolute ...


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