The national conservative Vox party has doubled its representation in the Spanish parliament after the latest general election did nothing to solve the political impasse in the country.
Vox’s leader Santiago Abascal was congratulated by Matteo Salvini of Italy’s Lega, Marine Le Pen of French National Rally and Geert Wilders of the Dutch Party of Freedom after the results were declared. Vox’s recently elected MEPs in the European Parliament are aligned with those respective nationalist parties in Brussels.
Vox increased its share of the vote from 10.3% to 15.1% winning the party over twice the number of seats ( 52, up from 24) compared to the previous general election held in April this year.
The increase in Vox’s support was largest in the south east of Spain, along the Mediterranean coast, while the party managed to top the poll in the south east region of Murcia.
Nationwide, the Spanish Labour party (PSOE) topped the poll, winning 120 seats, three fewer than last time, when it also won the election, despite failing subsequently to form a stable government with the far-left, hence the second election in Spain this year. The biggest loser in the election was the liberal Citizens’ party. The party’s vote share dropped from 15.9% to 6.8% winning only ten seats as a result.
The Catalan Republican Left topped the poll in Catalonia winning 13 sears, while nationalist parties in the Basque Country also strengthened their position.
Despite losing support, the main far-left party Unidas Podemos (United We Can) has pledged to work with the PSOE in order to avoid another general election next year. Various far-left splinter groups made gains at their expense making the process of forming a stable government between the two main leftist parties even more tricky.
Despite Lega’s political relationship with Vox, Lega was formerly known as the Northern League and previously wanted most of northern Italy to break away from Rome. Ironically, Vox, a breakaway party from the main conservative party in Spain, the Popular Party, vehemently opposes any secessionist movements in the country, hence its growing appeal outside those regions, and wants to reverse the decentralisation process established since the death of Franco in the mid-seventies.
However, both parties, along with their counterparts in France and Holland, among many others across the continent, oppose mass immigration, multiculturalism and the ongoing Islamisation of Europe, which the neo-liberal elites have implicitly sponsored since the end of the Second World War in 1945.