Spain after the June 2016 elections: What implications for the EU? (2017:6epa)

Spain after the June 2016 elections: What implications for the EU? (2017:6epa)

After ten months of interim government and two general elections Mariano Rajoy was elected head of government. The government’s support in the parliament is weak and the conservative government party Partido Popular is in the midst of comprehensive corruption investigations. All the while the Catalan government is firmly determined to hold a non-constitutional referendum on independence from Spain and in spite of approaching budget balance and increasing growth the country is still wrestling with high levels of unemployment. The opposition to the government is strong however divided between the new left formation of Podemos and the Socialist Party, PSOE, which at the moment is going through a leadership crisis. In this analysis, the authors discuss the political situation in Spain, the role of EU in the political debate and what the EU can expect from the future Spanish political complex.

The publication is in English and is part of SIEPS´ research project The political system of the European Union.

Santiago Pérez-Nievas and Irene Martín are Lecturers in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid.