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In Spain, Elections Won't Shield Madrid from Economic and Political Headwinds

MIN READMar 27, 2019 | 09:00 GMT

Deputies meet on June 14, 2017, in Madrid's Congress of Deputies.

Deputies meet on June 14, 2017, in Madrid's Congress of Deputies. The country's government lost a vote of no-confidence.

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Spain will hold an early general election on April 28 called by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez after the Spanish parliament rejected his budget proposals for 2019, forcing his minority Socialist government to resign. The elections come at a time of increasing fragmentation and polarization in Spanish politics, creating uncertainty regarding the future of Spanish domestic and foreign policy. But no matter who ultimately takes charge, the next administration in Madrid will be forced to cope with political, economic and foreign policy challenges ranging from separatism in Catalonia to an uneven economic recovery....

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