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State of the Left: Everything is at stake in Spain's repeat elections

20 May 2016





Everything is at stake in Spain's repeat elections
It will have been barely six months since they last trooped to the ballot box but the people of Spain are being asked to vote again in 26 June’s repeat general election.

In those six months it has been impossible for any combination of parties to form a government.

With the conservative People’s party expected to once again be the largest group in the Cortes, the real battle is for second place. The radical movement Podemos aims to repeat the feat of Syriza in Greece and steamroller the traditional social democratic party, in Spain the Socialist Workers’ party (PSOE), to become the leading party on the left of the political spectrum.

The outcome of this tussle will have profound implications for the left across Europe – can venerable old  parties draw a line in the sand against the rise of the populist left? Or are they doomed to be left behind? A lot hangs on the race for power in Spain.



AUSTRALIA
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Labor has surprised many by reclaiming ground from the governing Coalition on the issues of education and fiscal prudence ahead of Australia’s double dissolution
BY JOHN MCTERNAN 

Inevitably the upcoming Spanish elections will be a test to calibrate the strength of social democracy, which is either in decline or facing limited prospects of growth in many European countries
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SCOTLAND
A time for reflection
Following this month’s elections, Scottish Labour must come to recognise that devolution has not followed the path envisaged by its founders
BY EMMA KINLOCH
This edition of State of the Left features updates and analysis from Australia, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Spain and the US



GERMANY
It's not just the economy, stupid
A variety of structural factors contributed to a disappointing result for the SPD in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, despite their astute marshalling of the economy while in government
BY FELIX HÖRISCH


UNITED STATES
Fighting on two fronts
Why is Bernie Sanders staying in the US presidential race? And what does it mean for Hillary Clinton and her race to stop Donald Trump becoming president?
BY CLAIRE O'CONNOR


IRELAND
A delicate deal
Ireland’s two major parties have agreed a pact to enable Enda Kenny to hold onto power. But what are the implications for the left?
BY MAEVE GLAVEY                             READ MORE >>


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