POLITIFILE :: A Guide to Spain’s Political Parties

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A guide to Spain’s leading political parties from Progressive Spain:

National political parties:

Partido-Popular_75Partido Popular ~ People’s Party (PP)
Spain’s largest conservative party, formed through the fusion in 1989 of various parties and movements led by former Franco-era officials. Full member of the European People’s Party federation of Christian-Democrat and conservative parties. ►► READ MORE ►►

PSOE_75Partido Socialista Obrero Español ~ Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE)
Founded in 1879, Spain’s oldest political party and largest party on the political left. The PSOE is a full member of the Socialist International and a member of the international Progressive Alliance of social-democratic political parties. ►► READ MORE ►►

Unidos Podemos ~ United We Can
A coalition in the 26th June 2016 general elections, amalgamating a group of national and regional left-wing parties and led by the populist “new-left” Podemos party and legacy “old-left” Izquierda Unida (United Left) alliance of parties. ►► READ MORE ►►

Podemos ~ We Can
A populist, anti-austerity party founded in 2014 by left-wing political activists to leverage the 2010-11 mass movement of citizens literally indignant (indignados) over the economic malaise in Spain sparked by the global mortgage default crisis. ►► READ MORE ►►

izquierda-unida_75Izquierda Unida ~ United Left (IU)
A left-wing alliance of several political parties and movements formed in 1986 around the Partido Comunista Español (Spanish Communist Party) and the legacy Spanish Republican party, Izquierda Republicana (Republican Left). ►► READ MORE ►►

Equo75EQUO ~ eQuo
A “green” environmentalist party founded in 2010, eQUO was formed through the merger of 35 different green parties and often fields candidates in regional and national elections in coalition with other parties and movements. ►► READ MORE ►►

Ciudadanos_75Ciudadanos ~ Citizens (C’s)
A constitutionalist centre-right party founded in 2006, offering a mix of social democrat and liberal policy positions. Since 2014, it has been a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the European Parliament. ►► READ MORE ►►

PACMA75Partido Animalista Contra el Maltrato Animal ~ Animalist Party Against Mistreatment of Animals (PACMA)
A 13-year-old Spanish activist organization and political party that advocates against cruelty and abuse toward animals as part of its overall vision of defending animal rights, protecting the environment and promoting social justice. ►► READ MORE ►►

Other political parties & coalitions:

En_Comú_Podem_75En Comú Podem ~ Together We Can
An electoral coalition in Catalonia, formed in October 2015 and comprised of several political parties and movements, including Barcelona en Comú (Barcelona In Common) and the Catalan section of national anti-austerity party Podemos. ►► READ MORE ►►

Compromis_75Coalició Compromís ~ Commitment Coalition
Valencia regional coalition of the Bloc Nacionalista Valencià (Valencian Nationalist Bloc), Iniciativa del Poble Valencià (Valencian People’s Initiative) and Verds-Equo del País Valencià (Greens-Equo of the Valencian Country). ►► READ MORE ►►

enmarea_75En Marea ~ The Tide
Regional electoral coalition in Galicia formed in November 2015 and comprised of the regional affiliate of national anti-austerity party Podemos and local municipal movements and parties that competed in May 2015 municipal elections. ►► READ MORE ►►

EAJ-PNV_75Partido Nacionalista Vasco ~ Basque Nationalist Party (EAJ-PNV)
Centre-right party governing the Basque Country for most of the period since early-1980s devolution of Basque autonomy; nationalist (not pro-independence), pro-European and affiliated with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. ►► READ MORE ►►

ehbiildu_75Euskal Herria Bildu ~ Basque Country Unite (EH Bildu)
EH Bildu is a leftwing, pro-independence Basque nationalist electoral coalition established in 2012 active in Spain’s northern regions of the Basque Country, Navarre and Burgos, and the Basque-speaking region of southwest France. ►► READ MORE ►►

Coalicion Canaria_75Coalición Canaria (CC) ~ Canary Coalition
Regional, centre-right political party governing the Canary Islands in coalition since 1993; Canarian nationalist (but not pro-independence) and pro-European, affiliated in the European Parliament with European Democratic Party (EDP). ►► READ MORE ►►

PDC_75Partit Demòcrata Català (PDC) ~ Catalan Democratic Party
Formerly Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya (CDC), a centre-right, nationalist party that has governed Spain’s northeast region of Catalonia for 28 of the past 35 years and promotes the region’s independence from Spain. ►► READ MORE ►►

Esquerra_republicana_75Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya ~ Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC)
Centre-left Catalan nationalist party, seeking Catalan sovereignty and independence for Catalonia, Valencia, the Balearic Islands, part of Aragon and southern France. Affiliated in European Parliament with the Greens–European Free Alliance. ►► READ MORE ►►

cup_80wCandidatura d’Unitat Popular ~ United People’s Candidacy (CUP)
A leftwing, pro-independence party active at the municipal and regional level in Spain’s northeast region of Catalonia, with a minor presence in Valencia. ►► READ MORE ►►

… with more political parties and coalitions to be added soon!

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