Separatists Catalonia retain majority, large profit socialists

Separatists hold their majority in the Catalan parliament. In elections, the three parties in favour of secession from the rest of Spain won even more votes than in 2017. The Socialist Party PSC of Salvador Illa also made a big profit.

The three independent parties win 74 out of 135 seats in parliament. At the last elections in December 2017, there were 70.

The radical right-wing party Vox captured seats in parliament in Barcelona for the first time. They get 11 seats. The party opposed the power of the separatist parties and, in the campaign, insisted on the unity of Spain.

โ€œ The main issue of these elections was the question of how much support for the separatist parties still is. You can see that they still have a strong backing and even increase their weight in parliament,โ€ says correspondent Rop Zoutberg. โ€œThe parties immediately put the theme of independence on the table last night as one of the problems to be solved first.โ€

According to Zoutberg, there is no cooperation between the Socialist Party PSC, the Catalan branch of the PSOE ruling in Spain, and the separating parties. โ€œEven before the elections, they ruled out that cooperation. The PSC is the absolute winner in vote, but that seems like a pyrrrhic victory. It will be very difficult to cash their profits into a coalition government.โ€

The huge profit of the right-populist party Vox calls Zoutberg a big surprise. โ€œFrom scratch, they get 11 seats, and press away moderate right-wing parties like the Partido Popular and Ciudadanos. Theyve had a fierce campaign. It feels a bit like releasing a pack of wolves near a chicken coop.โ€

โ€œ Parties like PP and Ciudadanos will be scratching behind their ears today. Because whatever happens in Catalonia is explained nationally.โ€

Corona

Millions of Catalans were allowed to vote yesterday, in times of corona. As a result, turnout is significantly lower than in 2017, with the turnout below 54 percent, compared with 68 percent three years ago.

Catalonia is the second most affected region. So there were many additional measures. For example, all the polling rooms were thoroughly disinfected and walking routes were indicated. Employees in polling stations wore protective clothing as in hospitals. During the last hour the agencies were open, corona infected people and caregivers fighting the pandemic were able to vote.