The dazzling rise of the conservative VOX party in Sunday’s elections in Spain has shaken the foundations of the “progressive consensus” that had dominated institutions, the media, and political life for the last two decades.
The fledgling party led by Santiago Abascal, which a year ago had no presence in Spanish government, ranked third in the Congress of Deputies with 52 seats, according to provisional results issued last night by the Central Electoral Board collected by the newspaper El Mundo.
With its program, the Patriotic Movement, as VOX calls itself, brought to the public debate issues that other parties of the conservative arch, such as PP or Ciudadanos, had refused to debate, or in which they had taken a left position: illegal immigration, defence of the unity of Spain, the huge expense of the state of autonomies, high taxes, euthanasia or abortion.
In the words of its leader, Santiago Abascal, the party’s rise was the “most meteoric and rapid in Spanish democracy,” going from not having any representation to having a strong presence in government at the local, regional, national, and European level in less than 12 months.
VOX harsh criticism of PSOE’s rejection of Donald Trump
Likewise, the conservatives have also expressed their opposition to the international policy of Pedro Sánchez’s government and they have harshly criticized the contempt that the leaders of the socialist formation have shown for the current president of the United States, Donald Trump.
During his intervention in the debate held on Nov. 1, the spokesman of VOX in the Congress of Deputies, Ivan Espinosa de los Monteros criticized the government representative saying that the consequences of the trade war between the United States and the European Union affect Spain more because of the belligerent attitude of the socialist executive against President Trump.
“The trade war doesn’t affect everyone in the same way,” Espinosa de los Monteros said. “It affects more those who have confronted the United States,” she added.
“The last two [socialist] presidents have clashed with the United States. Mr. Zapatero [president from 2004 to 2011] did not rise to the [U.S.] flag during a parade,” the Vox spokesman recalled.
“And Mr. Sanchez [current acting president], when Mr. Trump won, said we had to ‘fight him,'” Espinosa de los Monteros said.
“To fight the president of the United States!” he added and recalled that the Spanish farmers are the ones who will suffer the taxes on their products and the ones who will pay for the “lack of coherence” of the socialists.
Fall of center and left
there are only two parties ahead of VOX and they have been alternating in power for decades: the Partido Popular (PP) with 88 seats and the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE) with 120 deputies.
Unidas Podemos, a party that openly defends communism and admires the Soviet and Chavista regimes, suffered a new fall in votes—losing seven seats.
Ciudadanos, another young political party that was in an indefinite centrist position suffered a spectacular setback falling from 57 seats obtained in April to 10.
Fourth elections in four years
This is the fourth election in four years, and the second one in 2019. In the previous elections held on 28 April, the PSOE refused to form a government in coalition with the far left Unidas Podemos and the support of the Catalan and Basque separatist parties and once again called Spaniards to the ballot box.
The result on Nov. 10 was quite bad for the left-wing parties, however, the PSOE, despite losing three deputies, retains the most votes and therefore the most seats, and will be nominated by King Philip VI to attempt the formation of the government.
The Spanish political scene is changing in tune with the European trend, where the most conservative parties, in favor of strong borders, of a lesser role of the state in the economy, pro-life and protectors of the family and the European Judeo-Christian system are gaining more and more strength.
“I have no doubt that Santiago Abascal will end up being president of the government,” said Iván Espinosa de los Monteros in an interview the week before the historic elections during an interview with Libertad Digital.