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It is an increasingly common feature of European elections that even the largest party cannot achieve 30% of the vote and thus has difficulty in forming a viable or stable government. Increasing polarisation within and between parties is making the formation of coalitions ever more problematic. Spain is not an outlier in this regard.

Perhaps the Socialists will succeed in forming a government after a further period of negotiation, or perhaps not, and a further election will be required which may or may not produce a more decisive outcome. But we cannot wish away the real differences in policy and support bases between ever more polarised centralist, regional, left and right wing parties.

The centre left and centre right parties which have dominated European post-war politics have lost their mojo and are being pulled apart by increasingly successful Green and further right and left parties.

As WB Yeats wrote in 1919:
"Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity."

The last time this happened the outcome wasn't good. Throw in the increasing inequalities engendered by globalised capitalism and the machinations of Trump, Putin, and an increasing number of politically engaged and tech savvy billionaires and oligarchs and democracy itself is under stress as rarely before. Global corporations have an interest in splintering and weakening nation states and the EU by undermining the political and social cohesion which sustains them. Spain is by no means the worst case.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Jul 27th, 2019 at 11:50:50 AM EST

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