Spain’s Answer

What Zapatero's re-election tells us about Spain--and our own political situation.

There are some notable similarities between the composition of today’s Spanish elections and the enduring themes of the current U.S. presidential race. This makes sense because, like it or not, Europe has to answer the same existential question we do: Who are we and what do we stand for? In fact, due to geography, historical precedent, and economic and military limitations, Spain’s tension between national security and social welfare is more heightened than our own.