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Will if you look at the results from Madrid you see that the PP held steady, PSOE collapses, IU picked up about 1-2%, and a new party called Union for Progress and Democracy picked up 5-10% of the vote as compared to none before.  My suspicion is that those are the people in Sol, plus abstention and blank votes.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun May 22nd, 2011 at 08:06:55 PM EST
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UPyD is the party of former PSOE and Basque PSE politician Rosa Díez. For the first time they have managed to field local candidates after contesting the last national and european elections.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon May 23rd, 2011 at 01:50:12 AM EST
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I'm sort of suspicious because of the involvement of one of the leaders of Basta Ya. They're as bad as Bildu honestly.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Mon May 23rd, 2011 at 12:04:30 PM EST
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I think they could be described as social-liberal Spanish anti-peripheral-nationalist.

Rosa Díez quit the PSOE in exasperation at ZP's negotiation with ETA and his support for the Catalan Socialists' project for reform of the Catalan Statute.

In a way they're similar to Ciutadans/Ciudadanos which started out from a movement seeded by Catalan-speaking, progressive, anti-nationalist intelectuals.

Rosa Díez has been more successful.

Economics is politics by other means

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon May 23rd, 2011 at 12:15:25 PM EST
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ElPais: UPyD gets into madrid strongly
[Rosa Díez]'s party keeps garnering citizen support since it was founded in September 2007: it got, newly born, one seat in the General election of 2008 - 3006k votes, more than [left Catalan Nationalists] ERC and nearly as many as [right Basque nationalists] PNV --, another seat in the 2009 Basque regional elections and, that same year, one MEP. In those European elections it was the only party that grew in votes since the General: no less than a 47% increase. In these elections, with more candidates on their lists than party members (some 6000), with a budget of barely €1.2M and with a campaign os street events throughout Spain, the party succeeded in establishing itself and getting into the Madrid city council and regional goverment.


Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon May 23rd, 2011 at 04:20:16 AM EST
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