May 3, 2019

Contrary to the Trend: Summing up Parliamentary Elections in Spain

Roman Kot

The dynamics of political processes in the EU countries after the migration crisis is accompanied by tectonic changes, which gradually, but inevitably, bring about the coming to power of the right-wing populist forces. This is manifested, in particular, in the fall in the ratings of traditional centre-right, and, especially, centre-left parties. At the same time, the forces that dragged on this electorate have not yet gained enough popularity (with the exception of the Italian ones) to form a majority and a government. All of this often leads to a dead point and delayed coalition talks, and hence — to the collapse of the institutional capacity of a number of EU states. Against this background, stands Spain, where on April 28 early parliamentary elections took place. In view of the proximity of another election — to the European Parliament — at the end of May 2019, which is critically important for Ukraine, the parliamentary vote in Spain, among other things, is a measure of public opinion, which makes it possible to judge who will be sent by Madrid to a representative body of the EU.

The article is available in Ukrainian