SPAIN: Santiago Abascal, the leader of Spain’s far-right Vox party, has emerged as a significant force in the country’s political landscape.
With a manifesto emphasizing nationalism, anti-feminism, Euroscepticism, social conservatism, and economic liberalism, Vox has doubled its votes in municipal elections.
However, some observers believe the party may have reached its natural voter base limit, with projections indicating a decline in parliamentary seats.
Abascal, a third-generation politician, founded Vox in 2013, advocating against regional autonomy following Catalonia’s independence attempt. Known for his passionate speeches and embrace of Spanish symbols, Abascal urges diverse backgrounds to unite against perceived adversaries, including the leftist government.
Vox’s policies include lower income taxes, immigration restrictions, and opposition to progressive laws on transgender rights, abortion, and animal rights.
The party has found support among those concerned about the country’s stability and freedom. However, others worry about its potential to return Spain to an authoritarian past.
While Vox’s future role in Spanish politics remains uncertain, it has formed alliances with other far-right parties across Europe.
With rightward shifts anticipated in upcoming European Parliament elections, Abascal’s meeting with leaders from France, Hungary, and Italy has underscored his ambition for a leading role in the next administration.