Two new, anti-establishment parties (including one that grew out of the indignados movement — a kind of Spanish precedent to Occupy) took key seats in regional and municipal elections in yesterday’s Spanish election, which is a kind of dress rehearsal for the upcoming national elections.

Two new forces, anti-austerity Podemos and market-friendly Ciudadanos, made strong gains in Spain’s local and regional elections on Monday (25 May), overturning a two-party system that has seen the PP and rival Socialists alternate in power since the end of dictatorship 40 years ago.

Spain protest party hails poll gains

Spain’s anti-austerity Podemos movement vows to win national polls this year after dramatic gains in Sunday’s local and regional elections.
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The success of the leftist Podemos party and the liberal Ciudadanos inSpain‘s local and regional elections on Sunday has shifted the political balance of power in Spain. If Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy‘s government doesn’t radically change its course it stands to lose the general elections this autumn, some commentators warn. Others complain that voters were just punishing Rajoy for his reforms
Spain enters a new political era

Spain’s mainstream outflanked by new breed of politicians
Towards a new municipal agenda in Spain

What the Spanish media ignore about this new generation of activist-politicians is why they became famous enough to put on a ballot in the first place: their roots in prominent local struggles and their willingness to spearhead radical democratic participation.

Spain: No country for absolute majorities

Spain: No country for absolute majorities

Spanish protest parties make gains

Protest parties make gains in Spain’s local elections, depriving the governing People’s Party of overall control of Madrid and other councils.
At regional elections, grassroots politicians are gaining support with pledges to fight corruption and austerity.
The appeal by the European Commission is a response to fears that countries like Italy and Greece could be overwhelmed by people making dangerous crossings in rickety boats.

Polish President Bronisław Komorowski conceded defeat to conservative challenger Andrzej Duda in Sunday’s presidential election, a result that will set alarm bells ringing for the government, which faces its own election race later this year.

Federica Mogherini said yesterday (25 May) that the results of the presidential election in Poland, the municipal elections in Spain, as well as the news from Greece and the UK, were a reason for the EU to re-think its project.

Andrzej Dudas’ victory in Poland’s presidential election on Sunday means that for the first time in five years a politician belonging to the nationalist conservative PiS party will occupy a leading position in Poland. Some commentators say that current president Bronisław Komorowski’s defeat was the result of his arrogance. Others point out that Duda owes his victory mainly to Poland’s young.

Greece ‘cannot afford IMF repayment’

Greece will not be able to make a debt repayment to the IMF due in early June as it does not have the money, the interior minister says.

The EU’s Eastern Partnership summit begins in Riga today, Thursday. The Ukraine conflict is dominating the meeting and concrete results for the six partnership countries are not expected. The EU is leaving these countries in the lurch, some commentators criticise. Others show understanding for the EU’s hesitant stance, pointing out that it doesn’t want to cause the countries any moreproblems with Russia.

2016 EU budget: Cameron avoids an immediate headache

2016 EU budget: Cameron avoids an immediate headache

Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday (27 May) called a general election, to be held on 18 June. Recent polls suggest the election could become a true thriller.

Spring brought a burst of sunshine over the eurozone economy. The French economy expanded rapidly in the first quarter of 2015 and even the Italian one managed respectable growth. Fiscal policy is no longer contractionary across the eurozone as a whole. Cheaper oil is boosting consumption. A weaker euro is boosting exports. And the ECB’s quantitative easing appears to be working: money supply growth is picking up, suggesting deflationary pressures are easing.
VIDEO: Meet the Finnish punks taking on Eurovision

Sami Helle, the bass player of Finland’s Eurovision entry, punk rock band PKN, whose members all have learning disabilities, talks about the band.
Conservative opposition challenger Andrzej Duda on May 24 won a surprise victory in Poland’s presidential run-off, trumping incumbent centrist Bronislaw Komorowski with promises of change and generous social spending
Dutch Partial Ban on Islamic Veil in Public Spaces

…terdam, which led to the publication “Pertinence of a General Prohibition of the Burqa and Niqab in Spain: A Human Rights Perspective” in the Yearbook on Humanitarian Action and Human Rights. [1] See Dogru v. France, §62. See also S.A.S. v. France, §128 The post Dutch Partial Ban on Islamic Veil in Public Spaces appeared first on Ideas on Europe.

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