The European elections in Spain

The European elections in Spain

Laura Banos May 2019

Spain is currently represented in the European Parliament by 54 members, and it will gain an additional 5 after Brexit.

  • The governing Socialist Party (PSOE) won the European elections in Spain. As in the national elections of 28 April, PSOE’s result improved from the 2014 elections, achieving 20 seats in the European Parliament. PSOE will be the largest single delegation in the S&D group of the European Parliament.
  • The Popular Party (PP), which had won the previous European elections, has lost 4 seats, reaching 12 MEPs. The Popular Party is part of the Group of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament.
  • Ciudadanos (Cs), the centre-right liberal party, gained 7 seats, up from 2 in 2014. They are part of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.
  • Unidas Podemos got worse results than in the previous elections. They achieved 6 MEPs. Podemos sits with the European United Left (GUE/NGL) group in the Parliament. They are concerned that their poor result in the European elections puts them in a weak negotiating position in national and regional coalition talks in Spain.
  • Vox, the far-right party, returned 3 seats. This is the first time they will have representation in the European Parliament.
  • The other 6 MEPs belong to nationalist parties. Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, who is now living in exile in Belgium, won a seat as an MEP, as did his former Deputy Oriol Junqueras, who is being tried in court for his role in the illegal referendum on independence in 2017.

The European elections in Spain do not usually have a very high turnout, but this time it has been higher since regional and local elections have also been held this Sunday. This has had a positive effect, increasing turnout from 45,83% in 2014 to 64,3%% in 2019.

Spain is, despite the traditionally low participation in European elections, one of the most pro-European countries in the EU.