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Never been other than splintered three ways.

They have been successful in Catalonia (Iniciativa per Catalunya - Verds) and Valencia.

The electoral system does not help. Spain has a proportional representation system but only just. It uses the d"hondt method with relatively small constituencies (average constituency size is 7, median is 5, a new party can only hope to get a seat in Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia which elect 34, 33 and 17 seats respectively give or take one seat).

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 01:32:18 PM EST
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I see.   Good for big national parties and regional parties. Bad for small and middling national parties without a regional concentration.
So in this case they will hope to get one in Madrid - big constituency and Valencia - traditional stronghold and hope if everything goes well to get another one in Barcelona.

Seems to rather discourage to build up a organization in, say, Galicia.  

by IM on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 01:46:07 PM EST
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Galicia is big enough to have a regional party, the BNG. The real problem is that rural, and lowly populated, provinces have each two seats, and that means that only the two main parties have a stand in them. And they lean mostly to the right, so it is to be expected that they may give two diputados to the PP.

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by Antoni Jaume on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 02:03:37 PM EST
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Antoni

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by ATinNM on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 02:08:37 PM EST
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