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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).

To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 01:32:18 PM EST
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