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The European elections in Bizkaia begin

The European elections in Bizkaia are a reflection of the national political struggle

Jeickson Sulbaran

May 23, 2024 | 11:11 a.m.

The electoral campaign for the European elections begins with political tensions and party strategies focused on the state level

The campaign for the European elections officially begins this midnight, marking the beginning of a crucial period for the main political parties in Bizkaia and all of Spain. During the pre-campaign, the debate has focused on internal issues in the country, deviating from the European project that should be the main focus of these elections. Both the Popular Party (PP) and the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) are in an intense race to consolidate their position in the European Parliament.

The PP, which won the general elections but is in opposition, seeks to increase its representation in the European Parliament. For its part, the PSOE hopes that the controversies and attacks received will mobilize its electorate and reinforce its commitment to Europeanism.

The political debate deviates from Europe and focuses on internal issues

Until now, the political struggle has focused on issues far from the European Parliament, such as the recognition of Palestine, the business of Begoña Gómez, wife of President Pedro Sánchez, and the diplomatic crisis with Argentina. These issues have dominated the discussion, leaving aside the true purpose of the European elections.

The European elections in Bizkaia are a reflection of the national political struggle

For all parties, the June 9 elections represent an opportunity to measure their strength at the state level. The future of the coalition government will depend, to a large extent, on how the Catalan independentists resolve the governability of Catalonia.

PNV and EH Bildu: regional bets in a European context

The Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) leads the Coalition for a Europe of Solidarity (CEUS), with the aim of maintaining its seat in the European Parliament. Oihane Agirregoitia, cwith experience in Bilbao City Council, tops the list. Surveys indicate that they will achieve their goal.

EH Bildu, for its part, continues in coalition with ERC and BNG under the name of Ahora Repúblicas. Pernando Barrena, a veteran in politics, ortakes second place on the list, guaranteeing his re-election.

The PSOE seeks to mobilize its electoral base

The PSOE arrives at these elections at a favorable moment, after good results in the Basque and Catalan elections. However, the Europeans present a greater challenge due to the competition of the PP and Vox. The party emphasizes the importance of mobilizing its electorate and combating abstention to stop the rise of populist discourses from the right and far-right in Europe.

Pedro Sánchez has promoted Teresa Ribera as the main candidate and will actively participate in the campaign, with a presence at key rallies in Valencia and Madrid.

The PP and Vox: strategies to gain ground in Europe

The PP seeks to turn these elections into a plebiscite on the management of Pedro Sánchez. Dolors Montserrat heads the party's list, which according to the polls, starts as the winner. The popular ones try to attract votes from the center and recover the followers of Ciudadanos.

Vox, led by Jorge Buxadé, hopes to form a majority of patriotic and conservative parties in the European Parliament. His campaign focuses on border protection, security and countryside defense.

Sumar and Podemos: challenges to maintain their political relevance

Sumar, the formation led by Yolanda Díaz, seeks to reverse its trend of electoral defeats. Estrella Galán, a little-known candidate, will head your list. They face tough competition from their former Podemos partners.

Podemos, in a critical situation, trusts that Irene Montero logre at least one seat to ensure its political survival. Since their breakup with Sumar, they have suffered a continuous loss of support.

The disappearance of Ciudadanos and the independence challenge

Ciudadanos faces a possible disappearance of the European Parliament, after its debacle in the state territory. Jordi Cañas' list faces ex-Orange and liberal rivals in a fight for survival.

Junts and ERC, in the midst of the Catalan elections, They fear the demobilization of their bases. Carles Puigdemont has handed over the leadership to Antoni Comín, who will campaign from abroad. ERC, in the midst of an internal crisis, tries to overcome with Diana Riba as the headliner.

The European elections in Bizkaia reflect an intense national political struggle, with parties focused on internal issues and mobilization strategies. The result of these elections will be crucial for the future of the coalition government and the Spanish representation in the European Parliament.

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