A month on from Spain’s general election, the slate of local, regional, and European polls on May 26 has changed the complexion of the government formation process. The effect on the center-left Socialist Party (PSOE) and left-wing Unidas Podemos was especially spectacular: while the former swept to victory at all levels of the Spanish state, the latter saw its vote share depleted considerably. In April’s general election, Unidas Podemos had exceeded expectations, even though it lost over a third of its MPs. But this time around, Pablo Iglesias’s party suffered heavy losses across the board.
Arguably a yet bigger blow for the Spanish left came with the loss of several major municipal administrations — the so-called fearless cities.