Spain is a kingdom located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It also has several small territories on and near the north African coast.
Spain is the fourth largest country in Europe and a member of the European Union, but it also shows significant Arabic influence. Spain is a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. It has an Atlantic Ocean as well as a Mediterranean coastline. The Spanish global colonial empire in the 15th century, made Spanish the world's second most spoken first language.
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Last Sunday, Andalusia, in the south of Spain, held a regional election. It was the first ballot since the Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez took power in June. Although his Socialist Party won the most seats, it suffered humiliating losses. Meanwhile, a new far-right party called Vox established itself in the political mainstream by winning a dozen seats. Guy Hedgecoe reports from Spain.
For the first time in decades, a far-right party has won enough votes to enter a Spanish regional parliament. The result is a blow to Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who was facing his first major electoral test.
There have been protests in the Netherlands over 'Black Pete.' That's the name given to the helpers who accompany the Dutch version of Santa Claus. People often daub their faces with black paint when they dress up to play the character because, according to folklore, Black Piet is a Moor from Spain. But many believe the character promotes racist stereotypes. Stefan Bos reports.