Spain’s ‘Vox’ Party has become the latest populist movement to secure a strong presence in a European national parliament, picking up 24 seats in Sunday’s Spanish election.
Speaking about his party’s historic showing, Vox’s leader Santiago Abascal invoked the 15th century ‘Reconquista,’ when Spain recovered its territory from Islamic states, comparing it to the election results.
“We told you that we were going to begin a reconquering of Spain and that’s what we have done.”
Vox has gained popularity on the basis of a political platform that opposes mass immigration, feminism and Islamization. Some in European politics had considered Spain to be one of the nations immune to a continent-wide movement of nationalists and patriots challenging the decades-long dominance of neoliberals in national governments and the European Union.
The party has quickly filled a void in the southern European nation many had hoped would be filled by a real right-wing party, as many Spaniards had grown frustrated with the ineffectual centrist Popular Party. Spain’s Socialist Party held its control of government, but will have to govern in a coalition with other leftist and liberal parties. The center-right Citizen’s Party also siphoned voters from the Popular Party, which took a distant second place with 66 seats in parliament.
Separatist sentiment growing in regions of the country may have played a role in facilitating the growth of nationalism in Spain. The region of Catalonia has been seeking to secede from Spain since 2017, declaring independence unilaterally in defiance of the Spanish constitution.
Vox subscribes to a ‘soft Euroskepticism’ commonly supported by other right-wing continental European parties such as Poland’s Law and Justice and Hungary’s Fidesz. As opposed to outright leaving the European Union, Vox would seek to reform the globalist political union to recognize and promote the national sovereignty of its member-states. Under such a vision, EU member-states could gain from a regulated and balanced free-trade zone without being made subject to unlimited mass immigration from within the Schengen Area and political domination from unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.
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At Least 40 Americans Infected With Coronavirus Aboard Quarantined Cruise Ship
They will be treated in hospitals in Japan.
At least 40 Americans aboard a cruise ship have been infected with the coronavirus, in a development that suggest the dangerous disease may transmit more rapidly than the public in the western world realizes.
Immunologist Anthony Fauci, an official with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, confirmed that 40 Americans had been diagnosed with the disease in an appearance on 60 Minutes Sunday.
Some reporting indicates that even more people have been infected with the disease, with figures ranging up to 355. These estimates include passengers of all nationalities. Those afflicted with coronavirus are being taken to Japanese hospitals to receive medical treatment.
The Americans were on board the cruise ship Diamond Princess, which is currently quarantined in Yokohama, Japan. The ship is host to the most pervasive outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic outside of China, where it originated. American passengers who tested negative of the disease have been evacuated from the ship and brought back to the United States on charter planes. Those infected with the virus will be treated in Japanese hospitals.
At least one American passenger who was traveling on board the Diamond Princess is refusing to take a U.S government charter plane back to the country, stating his belief to USA Today that the evacuation process the government is using to retrieve its citizens is not safe.
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