What is the Spanish Socialist Worker’s party (PSOE)?

  • Centre left political party headed by Pedro Sanchez - currently Spain's main opposition party.
  • Dealt blow in wake of '08 financial crisis as criticised for slow response + for following the Berlin/Brussels austerity policy (i.e. was trapped between centre-right's economic orthodoxies and populist left's social policies).
  • Suffered one of its worst defeats in history in May '14 winning only 23% of the vote in the European Parliamentary elections, but by Dec. 2014, signs that the party was recouping popularity.

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