Spanish Inconclusive Vote Has a Quiet Winner – The Mainstream

Reactionary extremism may be a poison pill for the European right

4 August 2023

Adam Jasser

Deputy Managing Editor

A string of elections in Europe and Giorgia Meloni’s next move may decide whether Europe’s mainstream will muddle through in the next EU cycle or make decent progress on key challenges such as Ukraine membership or migration.

I have sympathy for the Spaniards. They bothered to go to the polls over a week ago only to get an inconclusive result that will see months of horse trading or even a new election before a coherent government can take shape. If at all.

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Yet, focusing on the messy outcome and the risk that creates for Spain’s EU presidency, not to mention the impact on EU discussions on changing the fiscal rules and other policies, misses a crucial observation that, after all, there is a clear winner for Spain and Europe – the Mainstream.

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Adam Jasser

Deputy Managing Editor

Since 2021, Adam has co-hosted a foreign policy podcast “About the World at Onet” for Poland’s leading web portal onet.pl. He has worked as a business and policy consultant, including with the World Bank on competition, privatisation and regulatory reforms in transition economies. In 2014-16, Adam was head of the Polish competition authority. He served as Secretary of State in the Chancellery of Prime Minister Donald Tusk in 2010-14. He was Secretary of the PM’s Economic Council and oversaw the analytical and policy impact assessment department. Before joining the government, Adam was Programme Director at Warsaw-based think-tank demosEuropa – Centre for European Strategy. Earlier, he spent almost 20 years at Reuters news agency, in roles stretching from translator and head of economic reporting in Warsaw, to bureau chief in Frankfurt and regional editor for central Europe, Balkans and Turkey.

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