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Spain’s emerging parties bring research to the table

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Spain’s two emerging political parties, Ciudadanos and Podemos, are steering the debate about research and higher education proposals ahead of the country’s general elections on 20 December.

The centrist party Ciudadanos (Citizens) and the left-wing formation Podemos (We can), both set up during the last parliament, have included the largest number of proposals on research and higher education policy in their manifestos. The pre-electoral debate is paying an increasing attention to parties’ pledges concerning research, in stark contrast with previous Spanish elections, which have tended to disregard research policy.

The latest poll, published on 14 December on the website of the newspaper El País, predicted a victory of the ruling party, the conservative Partido Popular (PP), with 25 per cent of the votes, followed by the social-democratic Socialist Workers Party (PSOE), with 21 per cent. Podemos and Ciudadanos would receive 19 and 18 per cent of the votes respectively, which would allow them each to get about 60 of the 350 seats at stake.

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