The PSOE-Podemos coalition set to form Spain’s next government will rely on Catalan support in parliament. Yet after an election polarized around national tensions, both parties are ignoring Catalans’ call for self-determination.
Simón Vázquez is an editor for Tigre de Paper.
On November 10, Spain faces its fourth general election in as many years. As the national question continues to polarize Spanish politics, the rising protests in Catalonia are reenergizing the pro-independence left — and causing further strategic dilemmas for Podemos.
Ada Colau’s defeat in Barcelona was the low point of a disastrous election for the Catalan left. After a decade of powerful challenges to neoliberalism, the old parties are reasserting their dominance.
After their triumph on Sunday, Spain’s Socialists are pondering a coalition with the neoliberal Ciudadanos. Yet with nationalist parties on the rise, a government of the center will be anything but stable.
Unable to pass its budget, Spain’s Socialist government is calling snap elections. But reactionary forces are on the rise in the country.