Kopar Khairane

Spanish General Elections: What Issues Are Voters Supporting?

<p>Spain goes to the polls on Sunday after a campaign driven by catchphrases that noticeably avoided discussion of the platforms of the major parties or their conservative allies who they would depend on to rule.</p>
<p>According to polls, Alberto Nunez Feijoo and the right-wing opposition Popular Party (PP) will triumph, but without a majority, requiring him to likely enlist the help of the extreme right-wing Vox to form a government.</p>
<p>A 112-page manifesto titled “Now is the time” contains the 365 recommendations made by the PP.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-89473″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/www.theindiaprint.com-rain-is-anticipated-in-some-areas-of-the-country-until-july-25-images-2023-07-22t180953.644.jpg” alt=”” width=”1329″ height=”828″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/www.theindiaprint.com-rain-is-anticipated-in-some-areas-of-the-country-until-july-25-images-2023-07-22t180953.644.jpg 284w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/www.theindiaprint.com-rain-is-anticipated-in-some-areas-of-the-country-until-july-25-images-2023-07-22t180953.644-150×93.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1329px) 100vw, 1329px” /></p>
<p>A 272-page manifesto titled “Forward, a programme for the best Spain” was released by the Socialist party of current Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, which is expecting to rule with the extreme left-wing Sumar (“Unite”) coalition.</p>
<p>With the GDP expected to grow by 5.5 percent in 2022 and inflation decreasing considerably to 1.9 percent in June, Spain’s economy is doing far better than most of its eurozone neighbors, according to the Socialists.</p>
<p>When the Socialists proposed a temporary cut in the sales tax on meat, fish, and canned products, the PP said that they were neglecting the families’ declining buying power.</p>
<p>Above all, the party promises to implement a “comprehensive reform of the tax system” that includes eliminating tax on very wealthy individuals in order to lessen the tax burden on families, the self-employed, and enterprises.</p>
<p>The Socialists also vowed to take into account “extending” the temporary windfall tax on banks, energy companies, and enormous fortunes, which Sumar wants to be made permanent.</p>
<p>The Socialists are calling for a “full employment deal agreed with unions and employers groups” in addition to a strategy to address high young unemployment after raising the minimum wage and overhauling the labor market to lessen job instability.</p>
<p>Despite having opposed the labor reform, the PP has later acknowledged that it is “broadly good” and promised not to reverse it.</p>
<p>It also promises to address the national debt that has grown to more than 110 percent of GDP since the outbreak.</p>
<p>Additionally, it seeks to repeal a recently passed housing regulation that restricts rental price hikes.</p>
<p>In contrast to the PP, whose MPs in the European Parliament last week voted against a crucial biodiversity measure, the Socialists have explicit goals for conserving natural areas, making securing a “just green transition” a top priority for them as well.</p>
<p>The PP’s two main energy initiatives are extending the life of nuclear power plants and creating green hydrogen, whereas the Socialists prioritize renewable energy sources.</p>
<p>The issue of water is essential in a nation whose main fruit and vegetable exports to Europe rely on irrigation.</p>
<p>The left, which is certain that new agricultural methods are required, has ridiculed the PP’s promise to “bring water where there is none” as “unrealistic.”</p>
<p>Vox, a vocal opponent of climate change and a steadfast supporter of intensive farming, has pledged to have Spain withdraw from the Paris Agreement and to have the 2021 legislation on climate change and the green transition overturned.</p>
<p>According to the PP’s Feijoo, “overthrowing Sanchismo” would include “overturning all those minority-inspired laws that harm the majority,” the first of which is the legislation on gender self-determination. This is a petty phrase intended against Sanchez’s policies.</p>
<p>Additionally, he wants to change Spain’s recently amended rape statute, which closed a loophole that allowed more than 1,000 convicted sex offenders to get a sentence reduction.</p>
<p>He also wants to modify the law permitting teenagers between the ages of 16 and 17 to have an abortion without parental permission and the law on assisted suicide.</p>
<p>In terms of immigration, the PP favors a system of selective immigration and tighter border restrictions, while the Socialists want to increase absorption capabilities.</p>
<p>In order to pay tribute to the victims of the 1936–1939 civil war and the dictatorship that followed, the PP also seeks to repeal the newly passed democratic memory statute.</p>

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