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In Madrid, bullfighting becomes an election issue

In this image, a bullfighter stands facing away from a bull while waving his sash behind him.
A Spanish matador at the Las Ventas bullring in the 2019 San Isidro festival. Photo: Jorge Sanz/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Spain's newly risen far-right movement is taking a bullish approach to politics.

Catch up quick: The far-right Vox party appointed 3 bullfighters, or toreros, as candidates in April's general election, the AFP reports. As the world's foremost bullfighting event continues in Madrid, the sport is striking a new rift between Spain's political parties.

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Elections leave Spain's Socialists in power to address economic woes

Pedro Sanchez at a campaign rally
Spanish Prime Minister and Socialist Workers' Party leader Pedro Sánchez. Photo: Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The Socialist party of incumbent Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez emerged with a plurality from Spain's snap election this weekend, while its conservative rivals collapsed.

The big picture: The eruption of nationalist populism, championed by the far-right Vox party, made this a landmark election. Although the Socialists' margin of victory is not enough to avoid long, difficult negotiations to form a government, it does establish majority support for a progressive, pro-European platform.