In the UK, Nigel Farage's Brexit Party is expected to gain the most votes, as the country failed to deliver Brexit on time and is required to take part in the EU elections despite its planned departure from the bloc.
European Parliament Elections
Will the establishment parties, as some analysts suggest, lose their majority across Europe? Spanish politician Sergio Pascual, an MP representing Seville who is First Secretary of the left-wing Podemos party as well as an analyst at CELAG (the Latin American Geopolitical Strategic Centre) believes that eurosceptic parties could win a third of the seats:
"European identity is at stake. It is possible that a third of the elected MPs will be eurosceptics, that is, willing to split Europe. This is not a majority, but a significant number. They will be a major force in Italy, France, and Poland," Pascual said.
He also expressed the belief that the eurosceptic parties won't succeed:
"I think that Europe may be faced with a five-year complex blockade in order to be able to work to defend democracy and the ideals that our continent is known for. But I still hope that this won't happen and Europhobia and xenophobia will fail in the elections that will be held on the 26th [of May]."
Spain's election results
"First of all, Spanish society asked for some reconciliation and someone who would take over the reins of power after a period of considerable instability. Second, the Catalan independence movement didn't gain as much as it expected".
The Spanish politician said that although the Socialists won the most seats, they will need help to form a government:
"The Socialist Party (PSOE) would like to govern alone, but mathematics and arithmetic show that if it doesn't reach a legislative agreement to stabilise its government with Unidas Podemos, it will have a difficult time… Its the start of a period that I call 'collaborative suspicion', when both parties do not trust each other, but they know that they must cooperate", he explained.
Relationships between Spain and Latin America
Amid the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, Spain's Socialist Foreign Minister Josep Borrell has criticised the US's handling of the situation in the country. Despite recognising, not without hesitation, Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president, Spain's government refuses to condone any attempt at a military coup, and according to Borrell, the solution to the crisis can only be "peaceful, negotiated and democratic".
Pascual said that with regard to Latin America, there's "a continuation of a certain shift in terms of respecting the sovereignty of various countries and determining their future".
Views and opinions, expressed in the article are those of Sergio Pascual and do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.