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Spain election: Socialists win amid far-right breakthrough

Source: BBC



Spain's ruling Socialists are on course to be the biggest party in the third election in four years, but have fallen short of a majority.

For the first time since military rule ended in the 1970s, a far-right party is set to enter parliament.
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According to the results the Socialists are set to win 123 seats while their former coalition partner Podemos would have 42.

That would leave the two parties short of the necessary 176 for a majority, and requiring the support of Catalan pro-independence parties and Basque nationalists. Mr Sánchez had to call the election when Catalan MPs withdrew their support last month.

 



Read more: https://www.bbc.co.u...europe-48081540



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Spain Eyes Another Election After Socialists Can’t Form Government

 

https://www.courthou...cant-form-govt/

 

 

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s caretaker prime minister failed Thursday to receive the endorsement of the national parliament to form another government, conjuring the specter of the country’s fourth general election in five years.

 

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez needed more “yes” than “no” votes from lawmakers in the lower house of the Spanish parliament. He only received backing from the chamber’s 123 Socialist members and one lawmaker from a marginal regional party, while 155 lawmakers voted “No.” There were 67 abstentions.

 

Sánchez had tried to entice the far-left United We Can party into a government coalition, but the two rivals failed to agree on how to divvy up Cabinet posts and other powerful positions.

 

…Lawmakers now have until Sept. 23 to break the deadlock or Spain’s fourth national election in five years will be triggered.

 

Sánchez could try again during that period given that the three parties on the right can’t reach a majority by themselves.

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Spain’s caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez arrives at the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, July 25, 2019.

(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)


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This article is slightly dated, but posted now by way of catching up on in events in Spain:

 

Spain’s parliament backs new left-wing government in vote

 

https://www.washingt...9860_story.html

 

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(Washington Post) MADRID — After nearly a year without a government, Spain broke its deadlock Tuesday with a parliamentary vote that narrowly approved a left-wing coalition led by current caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.

 

The vote allows for Sánchez’s Socialists, the country’s traditional left-wing party, to form a government with their erstwhile antagonist, far-left Unidas Podemos. It also vaults the left fully back into power in Spain at a time when mainstream parties elsewhere in Europe have struggled to combat populism or overcome disenchantment with the political status quo.

 

 

But while the parliamentary vote restores a measure of clarity in a country that has become emblematic of fragmented, multiparty politics, the new government will be fragile. It will control a minority of seats in parliament and depend on support from a constellation of smaller parties while dealing with the country’s most significant crisis in decades, Catalonia’s battle for independence.

 

“A country without a government is a country without the tools to face the future,” Sánchez said Tuesday, making a final case to parliament to gain its backing.

 

Tuesday’s debate offered a vivid picture of the bargaining that brought the government about. The left’s path to power hinged on a Catalan separatist party that had pledged, crucially, to abstain in Tuesday’s vote. Right-leaning politicians castigated Sánchez for his outreach to those separatists, accusing him of abandoning the country’s interests in a bid for power. When separatist Catalan politician Montserrat Bassa took her turn to speak, she said that she “couldn’t care less” about the central government in Madrid, but that her party would help Sánchez nonetheless.

 


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After Spain Declares Climate Emergency, Activists Demand 'Concrete and Immediate' Action

 

https://www.commondr...e-and-immediate

 

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(Common Dreams) Spain's new left-wing coalition government on Tuesday declared a climate emergency and promised to send ambitious legislation to the country's parliament within the next 100 days—moves that were welcomed by campaigners who responded with calls for "concrete and immediate" action plans.

 

Tuesday's declaration came just two weeks after the Spanish parliament voted to approve a coalition government formed by Unidas Podemos and the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, following months of failed negotiations between the two parties.

 

The declaration also came less than a week after Barcelona declared a climate emergency and unveiled 103 measures that are collectively crafted to help Spain's second-largest city halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. As Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau put it, "This is not a drill, the house is on fire."

 

Colau's comment echoed those of activists worldwide pressuring all levels of government to pursue bold policies that cut emissions and combat the climate crisis. While campaigners across Spain celebrated their government's declaration, they also vowed to keep fighting for action on par with what scientists say is necessary in a rapidly warming world.

 

In the Spanish city Huesca, a branch of the global youth climate strike movement Fridays for Future—founded by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg—was among the groups demanding that the nation's government follow the declaration with urgent action.


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European Court Wades Into Spain’s Mortgage Crisis

 

https://www.courthou...ortgage-crisis/

 

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(Courthouse News) — With a ruling that left both banks and consumers claiming victory, Europe’s highest court on Tuesday waded into a legal dispute over allegedly unfair home mortgage plans Spanish banks used during a housing boom that imploded with the 2008 financial crisis.

 

The European Court of Justice found that clauses Spanish banks used in adjustable interest rate mortgages may have been abusive. But it stopped short of issuing a blanket rejection of the mortgages and told Spanish courts to examine them on a case-by-case basis to see if consumers clearly understood what they were signing up for.

 

Some housing advocates called the ruling a win in their long-running campaign against banks and mortgage companies. Thousands of Spanish homebuyers feel they were bamboozled into signing up for home mortgages during a housing boom that collapsed with the 2008 financial crisis and resulted in a wave of evictions.

 

After the Tuesday ruling, though, shares for Spanish banks jumped, with investors apparently confident the sector may not face as hefty a financial blow as feared.

Analysts have warned that Spanish banks may be on the hook for billions of dollars in compensation to hundreds of thousands of borrowers. But Tuesday’s ruling sets up the prospect of drawn-out court proceedings that may favor banks.


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Spain’s Ten-year Plan to Put Startups in the Economic Driving Seat

 

https://techcrunch.c...c-driving-seat/

 

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(TechCrunch) Spain is preparing to push forward with pro-startup legislation, having recently unveiled a big and bold transformation plan with the headline goal, by 2030, of turning the country into ‘Spain Entrepreneurial Nation’, as the slightly clumsy English translation has it.

 

Prime minister Pedro Sanchez took a turn on Web Summit’s stage in December to announce the introduction of the forthcoming Startup Act — and to trumpet a new role, a high commissioner, tasked with bringing off a nationwide entrepreneurial economic transformation by working with all the relevant government ministries.

 

The broad-brush goals for the strategy are to increase growth in startup investments; attract and retain talent; promote scalability; and inject innovation into the public sector so it can bolster and support Spain’s digital development.

 

The aforementioned Startup Act is the first piece of dedicated legislation for the sector — and is intended to simplify starting up in Spain, as well as bringing in tax concessions and incentives for foreign investments. So it will be something of a milestone.

 

Chat to local founders and there’s a litany of administrative, tax-based and fundraising pain-points they’ll quickly point to as frustrations. Wider issues seem more cultural; startups not thinking big enough, investors lacking the necessary appetite for risk, and even — among wider society — some latent suspicion of entrepreneurs. While Spain-based investors are champing at the bit for administrative reform and better stock options. Moving the needle on all that is the Spanish government’s self-appointed mission for the foreseeable future.

 


The principles of justice define an appropriate path between dogmatism and intolerance on the one side, and a reductionism which regards religion and morality as mere preferences on the other.   - John Rawls






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