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The PNV accelerates its fall

The PNV accelerates its fall

Jeickson Sulbaran

June 12, 2024 | 7:00 a.m.

The European elections bring discouraging results for the Basque nationalist party, surpassed by EH Bildu

The recent European elections have produced worrying results for the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV). For the first time in its history, The PNV has fallen below 200.000 votes in Álava, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa. Also the nationalists have been relegated to third position, something unprecedented in his electoral career in Euskadi. This result is even more painful because EH Bildu, which had been lurking for some time, has finally clearly surpassed the PNV. Although Imanol Pradales will become lehendakari next week thanks to an agreement with the socialists, the series of recent defeats in municipal, regional and general elections has set off alarms in the party.

The PNV accelerates its fall

The official message of the PNV, headed by Andoni Ortuzar and Itsaso Atutxa, is that there has not been a transfer of votes to other formations, but rather an abstention of their own voters. Atutxa has insisted that the low turnout has mainly affected his electorate. However, internally it is recognized that citizens demand changes and that the PNV has lost votes to the PSE-EE and, in Álava, to the PP. The loyalty of the EH Bildu electorate, which reaches 90%, contrasts with the phenomenon of dual voting that now affects the PNV. The party has commissioned detailed analyzes to identify these movements.

The PNV faces significant challenges in Vitoria and Álava, surpassed even by the PP

In Vitoria and Álava, the PNV has fallen to fourth position, also surpassed by the PP. Even in its traditional fiefdom, Bilbao and Bizkaia, the push from EH Bildu and the socialists has been notable. The CEUS coalition, in which the PNV was the main partner along with the Canary Coalition, has not worked as expected. In the Canary Islands, the PNV has seen its percentage of votes reduced by half and in the Balearic Islands, its local partner PI has come in eighth position. In Catalonia, support has been minimal, with up to twenty groups surpassing CEUS.

In Navarra, the PNV participated under the Geroa Bai brand, without its usual acronyms and symbols. Geroa Bai has finished in seventh position in the regional community, being surpassed even by extremist formations. Despite the poor results, Geroa Bai's parliamentary spokesperson, Pablo Azcona, has expressed satisfaction, only mentioning the advance of the extreme right as a concern. This situation in Navarra is a growing challenge for the PNV, which has historically had a significant presence in the region.

The situation in Euskadi reflects a change in the political landscape, with EH Bildu consolidating itself as an important force. The fall of the PNV in these European elections is an indication that the party will have to reconsider its strategy and reconnect with its electorate to regain its predominant position.

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