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Far-right parties are rising to power around Europe. Is Spain next?

By Jason Horowitz

09 Jul 2023 · 7 min read

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  1. In a significant political shift, Spain’s conservative and hard-right parties have triumphed over the left in local elections.

ELCHE, Spain — Last month, after Spain’s conservative and hard-right parties crushed the left in local elections, the winners in Elche, a small southeastern town known for an ancient sculpture and shoe exports, signed an agreement with consequences for the future of Spain — and the rest of Europe.

The candidate from the conservative Popular Party had a chance to govern, but he needed the hard-right Vox party, which, in return for its support during council votes, received the deputy mayor position and a new administrative body to defend the traditional family. They inked their deal under the cross of the local church.

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