Fri Nov 8th, 2019 at 06:17:20 AM EST
Spain will go to the polls on Sunday, November 10. Its the second election this year; an earlier one in April saw the Socialists - who had gained power in a confidence vote - gain an easy plurality, then refuse to negotiate a coalition with the left-wing Podemos (which would have allowed them, with the support of a few minor parties and the offered abstention of the Catalan Republican Left, to form a government). Instead, they gambled on new elections and winning a greater share of the vote.
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That gamble appears to have failed. The final polls show the PSOE winning about as many seats as they did previously, with PoDemos losing a few. Meanwhile, the right-wing People's Party (founded by fascists) has recovered, while the misogynistic and Islamophobic Vox (actual fascists) has leapt ahead. The Citizens have been crushed in the middle, as their efforts to out-fascist the fascists over Catalonia has suffered the usual fate, with people choosing to vote for the real thing rather than the imitation (and the cost of that of course is to boost political support for fascism across the board: a terrible strategy long-term for a party supposedly committed to democracy).
As for Catalonia, the independence parties aren't going away, and again it looks like the ERC will again be the biggest Catalan party (humiliating for the Socialists).
The Socialists may just be able to claim the coalition they turned down in June. But it looks more likely that they will instead form a grand coalition with the People's Party. And the price of that will probably be more repression in, and more pushback from, Catalonia.