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Terrorism weighs on Spain vote

EU election provides 2nd chance to define mandate of Socialists. As Spain prepares to choose its representatives to the European Parliament on Sunday, much of the focus is on lingering questions from the electorate’s last trip to the polls only three months ago. In those elections, the governing party was unexpectedly defeated just three days after terrorist attacks killed 191 people in Madrid, leaving the new government vulnerable to the charge that its victory was hollow, driven more by emotion than a sober assessment of the candidates. Sunday’s elections to determine the occupants of Spain’s 54 seats in the European Parliament provide a chance to help settle the issue and define the mandate of the new government, political analysts say. The voting for the European Parliament begins Thursday in Britain and the Netherlands, with the Czech Republic and Ireland voting Friday, Latvia and Malta on Saturday and the 19 others, including Spain, on Sunday. Full Story

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