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PUBLISHED  01:49 August 25, 2013

This article is part of 2014 EUROPEAN ELECTIONS

By New Europe Brussels team

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Spain will elect 54 MEPs using the proportional representation electoral system. The candidates fight nationally.

Country statistics:

Population: 46.000.000

GDP/capita: 97 (EU28 = 100)

Growth (2012): – 1.4

Unemployment: 26.3

 

2014 Election

Two issues seem to be intertwined; the economic crisis and corruption. The centre-left Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) were elected in 2008, but by 2011 they were ejected from office, for failing to deal with the ever worsening financial crisis.

The Popular Party won the elections and instituted deep austerity, but despite a financial scandal and accusations of corruption made about PM Rajoy, the party is still in a winning position and the PSOE are still in decline.

The International Monetary Fund say that the country is coming out of recession, into prolonged weak growth, and they predict that unemployment will remain over 25% for at least another five years. 4.7 million are without work, will they vote and who for?

2009 Election

Electorate: 35,492,567 votes

Turnout: 44.9%

Results by number of MEPs, party (European political group) and vote share

23 – People’s Party (EPP) 42.12%

21 – Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (S&D) 38.78%

2 – Coalition for Europe (ALDE) 5.10%

2 – United Left (GREENS/EFA) 3.71%

1 – Union, Progress and Democracy (others) 2.85%

1 – Europe of the Peoples–Greens (GREENS/EFA) 2.49% 

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