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Spanish Voters Favor Socialism at the Polls

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European Parliament election ballots sit on a table at a polling station in Madrid, Spain. (Susana Vera/Reuters)

Tuesday, 28 May 2019 06:49 AM Current | Bio | Archive

As anti-European parties were making major gains in races Sunday for the European parliament, Spain’s voters sent a different message.

With near-final returns in, the Socialist Party was the big winner by capturing 20 of Spain’s 54 seats in the European Parliament.  In addition, the Socialist swept the mayoral and regional elections held the same day.

“The Socialists are the clear winners of the three elections held simultaneously,” Javier Ruperez, Spain’s former ambassador to the U.S., told Newsmax. 

The center-right People’s Party won only 12 seats in the European Parliament and, in Ruperez’s words, “is still a powerful force as an opposition party but will need a thorough reappraisal of methods and messages.”

In contrast, the new nationalist VOX Party — critical of the EU and hardline on immigration — won only three seats Sunday.  Less than two months after they won their first-ever seats in the Cortes (parliament) VOX will be a presence in the European Parliament for the first time.

“Spain has always been pro-European because since we joined Europe we have benefited from its policies,” Caroline Valladares, veteran correspondent for Spain24 TV, told Newsmax, “We have received more than we have given. Wherever you go in Spain you can read ‘this project has been built with European Union funds.’”

Valladares emphasized that “even those who are a bit upset about migration, unemployment, and so on, would not consider themselves ‘Against Europe.’ That is important to mention because on its political program, Vox claims to have a desire for an alternative Europe, but is not against Europe. This is a very different political statement, and also more constructive, compared to [France’s Marine] Le Pen.”

“My generation [30's] has witnessed all the positiveness since we joined the European Union,” she said, “but perhaps, in twenty more years, the next generation will see things differently as many French do today. And as long as a country is a money soaker, not a giver, it's hard to be very unhappy with Europe.

“Still, those three seats mean that things are slowly changing, and that the discontent has to be addressed.” 

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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