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Spain’s Election Forecast: More Fragmentation

Taxes, pensions and housing are big issues. Then there’s Catalonia. A Q&A with Monica Clua-Losada.

A campaign poster for Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. 

A campaign poster for Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. 

Photographer: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images


Spain goes to the polls on Sunday, with the national government up for election and no certainty at all about the results. This was a snap election, called by Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. To learn more about it, I spoke over email with political scientist Monica Clua-Losada, an associate professor at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, and an expert on European politics, political economy and public policy. 

Jonathan Bernstein: What’s the most important thing those of us outside Spain should know about the election on Sunday?