Spain's Socialist party PSOE called for elections in a bid to increase the share votes need to form a majority government. But that strategy may not pay off as the political left and the right vie for the votes of the young electorate.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has said his new government will prioritize "dialogue" and "unity." The Socialist partnership with hard-left Podemos will be the country's first coalition since democracy returned in 1975.
Support for the center-left Socialists has remained steady, but upstart party Vox became the first far-right grouping in the Spanish parliament since the country returned to democracy after the Franco dictatorship.
The country's fresh left-wing government faces huge economic and social challenges in the months and years ahead. It's clear that good intentions alone will not make political polarization go away just like that.
Gibraltar's government has filed a legal complaint accusing the Spanish far-right party of "creating an atmosphere of hatred" against people in Gibraltar. VOX has advocated returning Gibraltar to Spain.
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