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A question if anyone knows: How are the Ciudadanos dealing with Vox?

On one hand Ciudadanos has claimed that they are liberals, to which fascists should be anathema, on the other they started as primarily a Spanish centralist party. If PP, C and Vox had gained a majority, could they have formed a coalition?

by fjallstrom on Sun Apr 28th, 2019 at 10:53:52 PM EST
I will defer to Migs' greater knowledge on this, but I suspect Vox's anti-feminism would have been anathema to them. Ciudadanos have become primarily the centre right party for people put off by the PP's corruption whereas atm Vox seems more a party of protest rather than a party of government. I suspect none of the three would have been comfortable with the others, and all are probably relieved that the results mean there is no pressure on them to work together.

What parties say before an election is often not s good indicator of who they end up coalescing with after an election, as it is the arithmetic which often determines who ends up having to work with who. Sanchez still has some awkward decisions to make as to who to coalesce with in order to achieve an absolute majority, but it should be a good deal easier than when he had only 85 seats before the election.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Apr 28th, 2019 at 11:19:35 PM EST
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Just look at the Andalusia regional government.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 09:45:19 PM EST
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Ciudadanos has an uncomfortable relationship with Vox. Since Ciudadanos is a Spanish centralist nationalist part first, and a liberal party second, they are able to form a coalition government in Andalusia with outside Vox support without much damage. Ciudadanos' European allies such as Guy Verhofstadt, Emmanuel Macron, and Manuel Valls who is running for mayor of Barcelona with C's support are in denial about the uglier side of Ciudadanos. Of course Ciudadanos is not a mysoginistic climate-change-denialist xenophobic party, but they have steered well away from theit social-liberal origins and are now a clear right-liberal party, more like the Dutch VVD or the Danish Venstre than D66 or Radicale Ventre, if that makes any sense.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 09:44:51 PM EST
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