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Catalan crisis and Franco's legacy to shape the future of Spain

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10.11.2019

On Sunday, Spanish voters will head to the polls for the second time this year, to participate in what will be the country's fourth general election in four years. This is a record even for a country known for its political crises.

This election could not have come at a worse moment for Spain; distrust and suspicion reign among voters who are tired of four years of political volatility. The ongoing instability has been caused by the demise of the country's two-party political system with the rise of the left-wing, anti-austerity Unidas Podemos and the right-wing, neoliberal Ciudadanos in 2014. Spain's two main parties, the Socialist Party and the Popular Party, have repeatedly failed to form governing coalitions with these newcomers, plunging the country into an endless state of political uncertainty. Though coalitions were formed on the regional level, the failure to achieve these nationally has caused some voters to turn away from mainstream parties in the last few years and opened up space for two additional, more radical, parties to join the fight for power: On the right, the homophobic and anti-immigrant Vox, led by Santiago Abascal, and on the left, the progressive Mas Pais (More Country), led by Inigo Errejon.

The failure of the two parties on the left - Pedro Sanchez's Socialist Party and Pablo Iglesias's Unidas Podemos - to form a governing coalition following April's general election, in which they jointly received 43 percent of the vote, gave all political actors in Spain's political arena another chance to try and convince voters that they will be able to resolve the country's political impasse.

The outcome of Sunday's election will depend on whether voters will give Iglesias and acting Prime Minister Sanchez a second chance to try and form a coalition and on their........

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