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Pedro Sánchez, the dam that contains the European right’s taste for the extreme right

The pre-23 July picture was bleak. At a time when Europe swings towards the extreme right – either because the extreme right gains access to member states’ governments or because the right wing relies on them to govern – the fear that the result of the Spanish elections would consolidate this trend and inevitably reshape […]

Winners cannot be losers: the uncertain outcomes of the Spanish general elections

As the election night unfolded in Spain, it became clear that the conservative PP would not have an easy go at forming a government while the left-wing block, led by the Socialists (PSOE), might be able to do so. Nevertheless, both sides claimed victory and called upon the other to admit defeat. But: who really, […]

The pendulum swings to the right in Greece

Three things stand out in Greece’s two consecutive parliamentary elections held with little tension and high abstention: a personal triumph for Kyriakos Mitsotakis, leader of the centre-right party New Democracy (ND), the implosion of the radical left party of SYRIZA, and the rise of the far right – albeit a fragmented one. The result will […]

Greece turns towards a predominant party system

The Greek election result of 25 June confirmed the trend first made visible in the earlier contest last May. Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his centre-right New Democracy (ND) Party has obtained a clear mandate and comfortable parliamentary majority to implement his policy programme. Over the last four years, Mitsotakis dominated Greek politics by combining a business-friendly […]

A very big ‘victory’ for PASOK

“A very big victory” for PASOK, Nikos Androulakis, the PASOK leader, said after the announcement of the national election results. PASOK – the Panhellenic Socialist Movement –, a historic party and member of the PES party family, succeed in increasing its percentage by more than 40 percentage points compared to the previous national elections in […]

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