After the Spanish election results on Sunday, it became clear that no political party will be able to govern without forming a coalition. But now that the results are known, everyone has started to speculate on possible alliances. No matter which coalition comes into power, it’s clear that its leader will be the socialist Pedro Sanchez. Spanish socialists won the elections with 28,8% of the votes — that’s 123 seats out of the 250 that make up the Spanish parliament. The right coalition’s defeat The Popular Party (PP) with 66 seats got the worst results in its history and is ruled out from leading the right-wing coalition, which with Ciudadanos and Vox hoped to surpass the left-wing bloc. PP (66), Ciudadanos (57) and Vox (24) only managed to win 147 seats, meaning they’re too far from a majority. Is Ciudadanos completely out of the picture? Albert Rivera’s campaign was completely built around a total rejection of Sanchez’ policies. … [Read more...] about What are the possible coalitions in Spain after the elections?
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Old habits die hard, especially ancient ones in the Basque Country and Navarre. Carnival traditions in the villages of Ituren and Zubieta (Navarre) see locals dress up as wild beasts from head to toe as they march through the streets escorted by Joalduns, "those who carry the bells" to scare away the evil spirits. Similar medieval traditions revolving around farming and animal herding are also found in Slovenia and Bulgaria. In Solsona, Catalonia, carnival festivities have a long history. Under Franco, the celebrations were forbidden; however, the city was the first to begin celebrating again after his death. This carnival gives you the opportunity to experience some Catalan culture traditions, chief among them the parade of the gegants or the symbolic hanging of the (Catalan) donkey. Arrival of the birds Photo: carnaval.villarrobledo.com The carnival in Villarrobledo is another one with a long history which goes back to the 19th century. Traditionally, the festivities begin on … [Read more...] about Where to enjoy Carnival in Spain
Visit the Alhambra Photo: Slaunger/Wikimedia The Moorish fortress in Granada is Spain’s most-visited tourist attraction for a reason; the stunning building has some of the best-preserved examples of Islamic architecture in the world and is, along with the nearby Generalife gardens, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Marvel at Guernica Photo: AFP If you had to see only one painting in Spain make it Picasso´s masterpiece in Madrid´s Reina Sofia Museum. The Spanish artist was inspired to paint the black and white depiction of the bombings of the Basque city of Guernica after reading a graphic description of the carnage that followed by British journalist George Steer. Eat jamón The undisputed national food of Spain, you have to try some authentic jamón iberico from acorn-fed pigs who have been lovingly raised to make the very finest hams. Marvel as the expert ham-cutters slice wafer thin slices of the melt-in-the-mouth meat. Visit the Guggenheim Museum in … [Read more...] about Bucket list: 16 brilliant things to do once in your life in Spain
With more than 99 percent of the votes counted late Sunday, the small Vox party took 12 seats, handing a majority to right-wing parties in the southern Spanish region governed by the Socialists for more than three decades. The result means that Vox, which opposes illegal immigration and Catalan independence, has exceeded even the most optimistic poll predictions which had forecast a possible five seat win. "The Andalusians have made history... and got rid of 36 years of socialist rule," said Vox leader Santiago Abascal. The Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) scored the worst result in its history winning 33 seats. Its potential ally on the left Adelante Andalusia (Forward Andalusia) picked up only 17 seats, depriving the left of a majority, while the conservative Popular Party (PP) won 26 seats and the Ciudadanos liberals took 21 seats. French far-right leader Marine Le Pen sent "warm congratulations" in … [Read more...] about Far-right wins seats in Andalusia parliament in first for post-Franco Spain
By Anna ValderramaMADRID (Reuters) - A detained Catalan leader has called on Spain to come up with new proposals to resolve the dispute over the region's status, and said fellow separatists will not necessarily insist on an immediate independence vote, in an apparent concession.gi Jordi Sanchez appealed to Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who has said he is open to a referendum on greater autonomy and has promised to lay out detailed plans in parliament on Dec. 12."We say to Pedro Sanchez: propose what you want but propose something," Jordi Sanchez told Reuters last week, speaking from behind a glass barrier at the Lledoners penitentiary centre near Barcelona."We urge him to be brave and make a decision to solve this conflict ... Without a referendum, independence is not possible, but we are willing to consider options that can eventually lead to that goal," he said.Catalan separatists had previously insisted they would not compromise on a solution that fell short of a referendum. … [Read more...] about Be ‘brave’ to end deadlock, jailed Catalan leader urges Spanish PM