With Vox’s vote rocketing, the election has seen the end of Spanish exceptionalism – and Catalonia was the catalyst

Spanish exceptionalism – the country’s supposed immunity to the far-right parties that have seeped into mainstream European politics – has finally succumbed to the wounds it received last December.

Four months after picking up 12 seats in the Andalucían regional election, the upstart Vox party led by Santiago Abascal is to enter the national parliament, winning seats in the congress of deputies and taking an estimated 10% of the vote.

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