Vox, the far right in Spain

File photo of supporters of the Spain's far-right party VOX wave Spanish flags as they attend an electoral rally ahead of general elections in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Spain April 24, 2019. (Photo by Reuters)

Vox (its name Latin for “voice”) was formed in December 2013 as a splinter group from the PP, with members defecting to the new party after growing frustrated at the PP’s fiscal policy and failure to take a harder line on the separatist group ETA.

The party is led by Santiago Abascal, a 42-year-old former Basque Parliament member known to shout “Spain first!” at rallies, taking inspiration from American, British and French right-wing populist movements. It is an advocate for the free market, a recentralization of the state and electoral reform.

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