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Nationalism Rising - Vox becomes the third-largest party in the Spanish national parliament

Oliver Plunkett

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Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's Socialists won Spain's national election on Sunday but large gains by the upstart far-right Vox party appear certain to widen the political deadlock in the European Union's fifth-largest economy.

After a fourth national ballot in as many years and the second in less than seven months, the left-wing Socialists held on as the leading power in the National Parliament.

With 99 per cent of the votes counted, the Socialists won 120 seats, down three seats from the last election in April and still far from the absolute majority of 176 needed to form a government alone.

The big political shift came as right-wing voters flocked to Vox, which only had broken into Parliament in the spring for the first time.

The far-right party led by 43-year-old Santiago Abascal, who speaks of 'reconquering' Spain in terms that echo the medieval wars between Christian and Moorish forces, rocketed from 24 to 52 seats.

That will make Vox the third leading party in the Congress of Deputies and give it much more leverage in forming a government and crafting legislation.
 
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I do not know who paddy is sorry
Paddy is the gobshite who voted for full EU integration, has his beard meticulously groomed and enjoys a soy latte before his Friday night Somali goat meat dish, before dancing his cares away at the discotheque . Paddy is a vain nihilist who thinks he knows whats best for the country and embraces his replacement with tears of joy.
 

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Paddy is the gobshite who voted for full EU integration, has his beard meticulously groomed and enjoys a soy latte before his Friday night Somali goat meat dish, before dancing his cares away at the discotheque . Paddy is a vain nihilist who thinks he knows whats best for the country and embraces his replacement with tears of joy.

I do know what you mean , but I do not think we Irish should use a word coined by the brits as a derogatory term . It is setting a bad example for Nationalism.

Its a bit like using your indicator going around a corner when here is no one around...its good practice .
 

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We have to be careful of the word "Nationalism" in Spain. Let's not forget that the so called Nationalists imported over a hundred thousand Muslim rapists into Spain during the Spanish Civil War, and set them loose to pollute the national blood. A lot of the time the word "Nationalism" in Spain just means a chauvinistic and colonial attitude of the Castilian ruling class towards the Basque Country, Catalonia, Galicia and other non-Castilian peoples.
 
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