Spanish voters must treat Sunday’s election as an emergency
The Spanish people must get out and vote to defeat the extreme right.
On Sunday, the people of Spain will go to the polling stations for the fourth time in four years. These repeated elections are a mere reflection of Europe’s never ending economic and social crisis and its oligarchy’s failure to respond to a crisis of its own making.
Despite being among the Eurozone troika’s most obedient prisoners, Spain’s political class have not managed to escape the crisis – which is now in the process of taking another nasty turn. With Germany in recession, Spain’s private debt-driven pseudo-growth is fizzling out, revealing the crisis’ permanence.
The same crisis was responsible for the toxic magnification of tensions in regions like Catalonia, the result being the political prisoners in a democratic European state and an EU claiming, inexcusably, that this is an internal Spanish affair.
The extreme right led by Vox continues to gain ground as the latest polls show that it might significantly increase its presence in the Spanish parliament, even ahead of Podemos.
The Left in Spain, having failed to articulate a progressive, internationalist European agenda, continues to fragment with the surge of Íñigo Errejón’s own party. Even the Spanish Greens have split.
Where do we go from here?
Spanish voters must see next Sunday’s election as an emergency and vote for whichever progressive force they choose. Above all else they must avoid abstention so as to shrink, to the fullest possible extent, Vox’s presence in parliament.
Then, on Monday morning, should the composition of the Spanish parliament allow for a progressive government, they need to come together and step up so as to address the urgent social and political challenges the people face, and play a leading role in the European drama that has …read more
Source:: New Statesman