2019 European Parliament election in Spain

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Reports, analyses and information on the electoral campaign and the aftermath of the European Parliament election held in Italy on 26 May 2019.

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The European Parliament election is held in Spain just over a month after general elections in the country, which produced complex results and re-shaped trends in national politics. It also had an impact on the electoral campaign leading up to the subsequent election.

Spain's Supreme Court and three other courts based in Madrid ruled in early May 2019 that former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and two other leading members of Catalonia's pro-independence movement - all of them living abroad - would be able to stand as candidates in the forthcoming election. The decision goes against an initial ruling by the Central Electoral Commission, which had prevented the three politicians from running in the election on the basis that - having fled Spain to avoid imprisonment over charges relating to misuse of public funds and/or rebellion - they were technically living abroad and thus not properly registered as Spaniards residing in another country.

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Commentary and Analysis
ECFR: Commentary, 05/04/2019: The unwavering European: Spain and its place in Europe https://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_the_unwavering_european_spain_and_its_place_in_europe
Poll of Polls: EP 2019 in Spain https://pollofpolls.eu/ES/65/ep2019-in-spain
Wikipedia: 2019 European Parliament election in Spain https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_European_Parliament_election_in_Spain

El País, 11/03/2019: Ex-Catalan premier Carles Puigdemont to run in European parliament election https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/03/11/inenglish/1552292484_826574.html
Politico, 29/04/2019: Spanish electoral body blocks Puigdemont from running in EU election https://www.politico.eu/article/spanish-electoral-body-blocks-former-catalan-president-carles-puigdemont-from-running-in-eu-election/
Deutsche Welle, 05/05/2019: Carles Puigdemont cleared to run in EU election https://p.dw.com/p/3HyAi
BBC News, 06/05/2019: Catalan ex-leader Puigdemont can run in EU elections - court https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48178508
EurActiv, 06/05/2019: Spain’s top court says Catalonia’s Puigdemont can run for EU elections https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/spains-top-court-says-catalonias-puigdemont-can-run-for-eu-elections/
El País, 06/05/2019: Spanish courts say Carles Puigdemont can run in EU elections https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/05/06/inenglish/1557157688_226079.html
El País, 10/05/2019: Acting PM uses election success to strengthen Spain’s position in the EU https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/05/10/inenglish/1557477849_115725.html

Spanish Central Electoral Commission: Parlamento Europeo 26 de mayo de 2019 [in Spanish] http://www.juntaelectoralcentral.es/cs/jec/eleccionesEnCurso/Europeas_mayo2019?p=1379061494823
European Elections.eu: How to Vote in Spain https://www.european-elections.eu/how-to-vote/spain
European Parliament elections, 23-26 May 2019 https://www.europeansources.info/record/european-parliament-elections-23-26-may-2019/
Political campaign ahead of 2019 European Parliament elections https://www.europeansources.info/record/political-campaign-ahead-of-2019-european-parliament-elections/

Politico, 04/05/2019: Spain’s Supreme Court to rule if exiled Catalans can fight EU election https://www.politico.eu/article/spain-supreme-court-rule-on-exiled-catalans-eu-election/

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