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This afternoon.

The Socialist Party (PSOE) of caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez won the highest number of seats but fell short of an absolute majority at the repeat general election in Spain on Sunday.

With around 99% of the vote counted, the PSOE had taken 120 seats – three fewer than the result it managed at the April 28 general election. The conservative Popular Party (PP) won 87 seats – a major gain from the 66 seats it secured in April, its worst result ever.

But far-right group Vox saw the most significant rise, jumping from 24 to 52 seats, to become the third-largest party in Spain’s lower house, the Congress of Deputies.

Socialists win repeat Spanish election, Vox becomes third-biggest force in Congress (El Pais)


Across Europe and beyond, as an increasingly fragmented political landscape becomes more polarised and voters increasingly see issues of identity, not the economy, as the key battleground, countries are finding elections no longer have clear outcomes.

Sometimes, this can mean no government can be formed at all: Spain has been ruled by Sánchez’s caretaker administration since April and that looks likely to continue for some time. Another example is Israel, where elections in September failed to resolve the deadlock left by equally inconclusive polls in April.

Other times, coalitions can be built, but only after increasingly difficult negotiations: the Netherlands (208 days) and Sweden (more than four months) set new records in 2017 and 2018. Belgium has now been 170 days without a government, though that is still some way off its 541-day record after the 2010 elections.

Why is this happening?

In part because, from Germany to France, Italy to Austria and Spain to Sweden to Israel, fewer and fewer people are voting for the big, broad-church centre-right and centre-left parties that have dominated their respective national political stages since the end of the second world war.

Spain’s PP and PSOE would once garner 80% of the vote between them; they managed barely 48% on Sunday. In the Netherlands, the three big mainstream parties scraped barely 40% together at the previous general election – roughly the proportion that any one of them might previously have expected.

Spain stalemate shows inconclusive elections are the new normal (The Guardian)

Graphic: The Guardian

Barcelona, Spain this morning

This morning.

Barcelona, Spain.

Via Reuters:

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators waving pro-independence flags and chanting “freedom for political prisoners” joined marches across Catalonia on Friday, the fifth day of protests against the jailing of nine separatist leaders over a failed bid to break away from Spain in 2017.

Friday’s marchers, ranging from families pushing prams to cyclists wheeling their bicycles, took over a highway lane and other major roads as they walked peacefully towards the Catalan capital, many sporting yellow ribbons – a sign of protest against the jailing of Catalan independence leaders.

Major roads were blocked off across Catalonia and several main streets in Barcelona were closed to traffic in anticipation of the marches, as well as picket lines that had begun springing up, while regional trains and the city’s metro were running on a reduced timetable after pro-independence unions called a strike…

More as we get it.

Thousands converge on Barcelona for fifth day of Catalan protests (Reuters)

El Clasico: Barcelona v Real Madrid postponed because of fears over civil unrest (BBC)

This week: ‘Sedicion’

Pic: Reuters

Women hold a Catalan pro-independence “Estelada” flag in Barcelona this morning Spain’s Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan leaders to prison terms ranging from nine to 13 years for sedition and misuse of public funds for their role in a failed 2017 independence bid.

This morning.

Protests were immediately staged across Catalonia as Spain’s Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan leaders to prison terms of between nine and 13 years for sedition for their role in a failed independence bid in 2017.

The long-awaited verdicts were less than those demanded by the prosecutionwhich had sought up to 25 years behind bars for former Catalan Vice President Oriol Junqueras on grounds of rebellion.

Catalonia leaders jailed for sedition by Spanish court (BBC)

‘An outrage’: Catalonia and the world reacts as separatist leaders handed jail terms (The Local.es)

Pic: AFP

Duncan-Crozier Shaw

Duncan Crozier-Shaw, 67, from Rathgar, Dublin, has gone missing in Costa del Sol, Spain.

He suffers from dementia and epilepsy.

Duncan was last seen at 11.30am (local time) yesterday morning in El Cortez Ingles Shopping centre in Costa Mijas.

He was wearing a pink T-shirt with green stripes and blue shorts.

Duncan is 5’7″/170cm in height, has a slight build and has grey hair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Geoff on +353863705975 or Madeleine on +353866081265

Via Lucy O’Neill


Spanish PM renews veto threat against draft Brexit deal (FT)

Monday: Rock Throwing

Catalan Independence demonstration in Barcelona, Spain last night

Further to the Catalonian referendum brouhaha.

Spain-born Broadsheet reader ‘Nando’ writes:

I don’t recognise my country in the posts (here, here and here) you’ve published recently. Here are some points you may need..

1. Franco passed away 42 years ago, so, anyone under 42 has been raised in a democracy. Spanish democracy is not perfect but there are freedom of speech and so on.

2. There are not far-right parties in the Spanish congress, no Golden Dawn, no AfD, no UkIP, no National Front. We don’t have characters suchs as Farange or Le Pen. Far-right support is verry little.

3. Party in power is center right. They have opened close to a hundred causes for corruption and illegal funding. This might say little about their honesty, but also that they are not in politics for the ideology, they are in it for de money.

4. Along this 42 years, catalan nacionalism has become an issue only in last few years.

5. Since catalans have voted 47 times in the last 42 years they can’t hardly argue they are vote deprived. So happens with freedom of speech. We all know about their claims by now, don’t we?

6. Pro independency parties have never achieved more than a half of the votes. In the last regional elections Junts pel Si (Together for the Yes, no headaches in the branding) went to 39.6% in 2015. Similar figures were achieved in the last illegal referendum, even considering that guarantees were low, people could vote several times and underages were allowed to vote too.

7. What nation proposes “Junts pel Si” is just unkown. Asked about a Catalan army, center right members said of course, far-left says of course not, Catalonia will be a pacifist paradise. Half of them see Catalonia in the future as the mediterranean Switzerland, the other half as a socialist society.

8. Violence displayed on October 1 is just wrong. Though I can only condemn it, is important to notice that a fair amount of the images posted actually didn’t belong to this day’s clashes. One woman that claimed she had her fingers broken one by one and sexually assaulted by police has admitted only suffers an inflamation in one of her fingers and was never harassed. Hospital  staff have revealed they were instructed to file all the cases as casualties of the clashes, even people with nervous breakdowns suffered at their homes.

9. Some teachers have confirmed that general strike on October 3 was planned beforehand, no matter what might happen on the 1st, they were instructed to send the alumns to the streets and claim for independency. Some of them opposed and say are being ignored by peers now. Some teenagers were bullied by their teachers on October 2, told they would be asahmed of what their fathers, policemen, did.  Educational competencies fall under the Catalonian authorities. History taught is only Catalan History. You won’t be surprised that children know nothing about Don Quixote, as he belongs to the Spanish culture.

10. Carme Forcadell, president of the Catalan parlament has said, those who don’t vote yes are not catalan. They are 60% of the Catalans though. On last sunday march a number close to 1 million people marched for unity in Barcelona. Catalan authorities have stated: there were no catalans marching. Once you don’t recognise as catalans those who oppose to your ideas is easy to get a majority.

11. This is not about innocent people claiming for their rights. Catalan people are above the average in wealth and rights. Claiming oppression would be an offense to all those who really suffer from it. This is not an story of good and bad people.


Previously: I Am A Catalan

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