EU elections: Highest turnout in 40 years and a golden chance for Spain

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Ana Fuentes | France, Spain, Germany and Poland were the countries that most managed to mobilize their voters in the European elections this Sunday. With a 50.5% participation it has broken a record of 40 years, eight points higher than that of the previous elections of 2014. In the case of Spain, it favored the fact that the European polls were celebrated on the same day as the regional ones and the municipal ones.

The results, still provisional, show that the era of the grand coalition between socialists and popular Europeans has ended. The euro-chamber reflects the same fragmentation as the national parliaments of the members. Three factors stand out: the liberal boom, the green wave and the diminished power of the far right.

In Spain, the results have been very markedly pro-European and the Socialist Party is the one that will contribute the most MEPs in Strasbourg. For some analysts, it is a golden opportunity that the government of Pedro Sánchez should take advantage of to increase the Spanish weight in the decisions, instead of having to be always subordinated to the Franco-German axis.

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Ana Fuentes
Columnist for El País and a contributor to SER (Sociedad Española de Radiodifusión), was the first editor-in-chief of The Corner. Currently based in Madrid, she has been a correspondent in New York, Beijing and Paris for several international media outlets such as Prisa Radio, Radio Netherlands or CNN en español. Ana holds a degree in Journalism from the Complutense University in Madrid and the Sorbonne University in Paris, and a Master's in Journalism from Spanish newspaper El País.