29th January 2020
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Macron’s party warns Cs of alliances with far-right Vox

The Ciudadanos (Cs) party has been warned about its recent talks with the far-right party Vox during negotiations to form local and regional governments across Spain.

‘En Marche’, French President Emmanuel Macron‘s party, warned the Cs party that any alliance with the far-right ‘is not an option’

According to several media outlets, France’s Secretary of State for European affairs, Amélie de Montchalin said that Paris does not accept ‘ambiguities with the far-right’.

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Macron’s En Marche and Cs will be part of the same European parliamentary group, ‘Renew Europe‘, which was formerly known as the ALDE party.

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French President Emmanuel Macron speaks to the press in Brussels on 28 May 2019 (ACN / Blanca Blay)

The Cs party led by Albert Rivera recently made a deal with the People’s Party (PP) and Vox in the Madrid region’s parliament bureau after a discreet meeting between Cs and far-right officials.

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Talks are also underway between Cs and PP to form the Madrid region’s government, but they will need Vox to obtain a majority. This is also occurring in Madrid’s mayor race, where Rivera’s group rivals PP to claim the top post, but support from the far-right is essential to making either of the two options work.

In Andalusia, Cs and the PP are already governing with Vox’s external support, a pattern that might be reproduced across Spain.

ALSO READ: Rise of far-right unsettles Spain’s mainstream right

In fact, in Andalusia both governing groups have recently reached a budgetary agreement with the far-right that includes allocating 100,000 euros to ‘ease the problems’ faced by Andalusians living somewhere where language immersion is in place, implicitly referring to Catalonia.

ALSO READ: Catalonia: the ‘electoral weapon’ in Andalusia

Manuel Valls, the former French prime minister who was backed by Ciudadanos to run for mayor in Barcelona, has repeatedly urged the party to not engage in talks with the far-right.

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