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Sánchez gets results, but can he keep the socialists in power?

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21.03.2019

Analysis. In Spain, the number one concern is not the European elections, but rather the national elections on April 28, which will dictate whether Sánchez will lead the new government, or whether Trifachito, the new right-wing alliance of the PP, Ciudadanos and Vox, will oust him from power.

written by Luca Tancredi Barone

Topic European Union

BARCELONA

March 21, 2019

The Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE by its Spanish acronym) is enjoying renewed strength. In the last national elections, back in 2016, the party (led by the same Pedro Sánchez) got less than 23% of the votes, its lowest percentage yet, netting it just 85 deputies out of 350. Until last spring, it did not look like its support was likely to grow over time—in spite of the disastrous rule by the PP, the corruption scandals, the Catalan crisis, and so many other factors that should have been working in its favor.

But the unexpected fall of the government in June with the passing of the no-confidence motion has led to the party rising to the forefront of the political scene once again. Up until then, its policies had been inconsistent, with Sánchez under the heel of the powerful party higher-ups, almost all of whom were very hostile towards Podemos and its allies.

The bandwagon effect, however, is not something unique to Italian politics: after Sánchez became prime minister, even the most........

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