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Iberian Exceptionalism And The Spanish Far Right

By Natacha Mourin - History and Spanish Student @ St Catharine's College, Cambridge


In the past few years, Vox, a far-right ultra-nationalist political party, has begun to rise - only half a decade after the country left behind a dictatorship. As explained by Millán Arroyo Menéndez in his article ‘Las causas del apoyo electoral a VOX en España’, since the end of Francisco Franco’s dictatorship in 1975, no other right-wing party has had as much popular support nor influence as Vox. The only comparable party - Unión Nacional - at their highest point in 1979 garnered not even a tenth of the support Vox has received.