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2019 European Parliament election in Spain

The 2019 European Parliament election in Spain was held on Sunday, 26 May 2019, as part of the EU-wide election to elect the 9th European Parliament. All 54 seats allocated to Spain as per the Treaty of Lisbon were up for election.[2] Once the United Kingdom is effectively out of the European Union in a legal basis as a result of Brexit, 5 additional seats would be allocated to Spain.[3] The election was held simultaneously with regional elections in twelve autonomous communities and local elections all throughout Spain.

2019 European Parliament election in Spain

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All 54[a] Spanish seats in the European Parliament
Opinion polls
Registered37,272,179 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg2.1%[1]
Turnout22,603,898 (64.3%)
Green Arrow Up Darker.svg20.5 pp
  First party Second party Third party
  (Josep Borrell) 2019-04-01 Secretary Pompeo Meets With Spanish Foreign Minister Borrell (40551356093) (cropped).jpg (Dolors Montserrat) 20190401 (Presentación PP Europeas) SAM9166 (46609879015) (cropped).jpg (Luis Garicano) 20190410 El cambio del modelo productivo (cropped).jpg
Leader Josep Borrell Dolors Montserrat Luis Garicano
Party PSOE PP Cs
Alliance S&D EPP ALDE
Leader since 26 February 2019 1 April 2019 29 December 2018
Leader's seat Spain Spain Spain
Last election 14 seats, 23.0% 16 seats, 26.1% 6 seats, 9.7%[b]
Seats won 20 12 7
Seat change Green Arrow Up Darker.svg6 Red Arrow Down.svg4 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg1
Popular vote 7,359,617 4,510,193 2,726,642
Percentage 32.8% 20.1% 12.2%
Swing Green Arrow Up Darker.svg9.8 pp Red Arrow Down.svg6.0 pp Green Arrow Up Darker.svg2.5 pp

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  (M.ª Eugenia R. Palop & Sira Rego) Spot 2019. Unidas Podemos Cambiar Europa (cropped) (cropped).jpg Jorge Buxadé (cropped).jpg Oriol Junqueras 2016b (cropped).jpg
Leader María Eugenia Rodríguez Palop Jorge Buxadé Oriol Junqueras[c]
Party Podemos–IU Vox Ahora Repúblicas
Alliance GUE/NGL ECR Greens/EFA
Leader since 21 March 2019 21 April 2019 29 September 2018
Leader's seat Spain Spain Spain
Last election 11 seats, 18.0%[e] 0 seats, 1.6% 3 seats, 6.1%[d]
Seats won 6 3 3
Seat change Red Arrow Down.svg5 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg3 Arrow Blue Right 001.svg0
Popular vote 2,252,378 1,388,681 1,257,484
Percentage 10.1% 6.2% 5.6%
Swing Red Arrow Down.svg7.9 pp Green Arrow Up Darker.svg4.6 pp Red Arrow Down.svg0.5 pp

2019 European election in Spain - Vote Strength.svg
Provincial results map for the European Parliament in Spain

Held one month after the 2019 Spanish general election, the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez scored a landslide victory—as well as the first win for the party in a European Parliament election in 15 years, also with Josep Borrell as its main candidate—by achieving 32.8% of the share and 20 seats, a result which allowed it to become the largest national delegation within the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. Concurrently, the opposition People's Party suffered a severe setback and scored its worst result ever in a European Parliament election, but slightly improved on its general election results by achieving 20.1% of the vote and 12 seats. Citizens (Cs), which had integrated UPyD within its lists ahead of the election, became the third most-voted party of the country, but at 12.2% and 7 seats it only slightly improved on the combined Cs–UPyD results in 2014. Unidas Podemos cambiar Europa, the alliance of Podemos and United Left (IU) suffered a considerable drop from both parties' past results, being reduced to 10.1% and 6 seats. Far-right Vox performed well below expectations after disappointing results for the party in the 2019 general election, scoring 6.2% of the share and 3 seats.[4]


Electoral systemEdit

The 54 members of the European Parliament allocated to Spain as per the Treaty of Lisbon are elected using the D'Hondt method and a closed list proportional representation, with no threshold being applied in order to be entitled to enter seat distribution. However, the use of the D'Hondt method may result in an effective threshold depending on the district magnitude.[5] Seats are allocated to a single multi-member constituency comprising the entire national territory. Voting is on the basis of universal suffrage, which comprises all nationals and resident non-national European citizens over eighteen and in full enjoyment of their political rights.[6][7][8] Amendments to the electoral law in 2011 required for Spaniards abroad to apply for voting before being permitted to vote, a system known as "begged" or expat vote (Spanish: Voto rogado).[9]

The electoral law provides that parties, federations, coalitions and groupings of electors are allowed to present lists of candidates. However, they are required to secure the signature of at least 15,000 registered electors. Electors are barred from signing for more than one list of candidates. Parties, federations and coalitions are allowed to replace this requirement with the signature of at least 50 elected officials—deputies, senators, MEPs or members from the legislative assemblies of autonomous communities or from local city councils—. Concurrently, parties and federations intending to enter in coalition to take part jointly at an election are required to inform the relevant Electoral Commission within ten days from the election call.[6][7]

Outgoing delegationEdit

Parties and alliancesEdit

Below is a list of the main parties and electoral alliances which contested the election:

Party or alliance Candidate Ideology Refs
People's Party (PP)   Dolors Montserrat Conservatism
Christian democracy
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE)
  Josep Borrell Social democracy [11]
  María Eugenia
Rodríguez Palop
Left-wing populism
Democratic socialism
Citizens–Party of the Citizenry (Cs)
  Luis Garicano Liberalism [15]
  Oriol Junqueras[c] Secessionism
Left-wing nationalism
Free for Europe (Junts)
  Carles Puigdemont Catalan independence
  Izaskun Bilbao Peripheral nationalism [21]
  Jordi Sebastià Left-wing nationalism
Vox (Vox)   Jorge Buxadé Right-wing populism


Leaders' debatesEdit

2019 European Parliament election debates in Spain
Date Organisers Moderator(s)     P  Present    S  Surrogate    NI  Non-invitee 
PP PSOE UP Cs Vox AR Junts CEUS CpE Audience Refs
12 May laSexta
(El Objetivo)
Ana Pastor P
NI NI NI NI 6.9%
22 May TVE
Xabier Fortes P

Opinion pollsEdit

The table below lists voting intention estimates in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first and using the dates when the survey fieldwork was done, as opposed to the date of publication. Where the fieldwork dates are unknown, the date of publication is given instead. The highest percentage figure in each polling survey is displayed with its background shaded in the leading party's colour. If a tie ensues, this is applied to the figures with the highest percentages. The "Lead" column on the right shows the percentage-point difference between the parties with the highest percentages in a given poll. When available, seat projections are also displayed below the voting estimates in a smaller font.

Color key:

  Poll conducted after legal ban on opinion polls



Summary of the 26 May 2019 European Parliament election results in Spain
Parties and coalitions Popular vote Seats
Votes % ±pp Total +/−
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE)1 7,359,617 32.84 +9.83 20 +6
People's Party (PP)1 4,510,193 20.13 –5.96 12 –4
Citizens–Party of the Citizenry (Cs)1 2 2,726,642 12.17 +2.50 7 +1
United We Can change Europe (PodemosIU)3 2,252,378 10.05 –7.96 6 –5
Vox (Vox)1 1,388,681 6.20 +4.63 3 +3
Republics Now (Ahora Repúblicas)4 1,257,484 5.61 –0.48 3 ±0
Free for Europe (Junts)1 5 1,025,411 4.58 +1.08 2 ±0
Coalition for a Solidary Europe (CEUS)6 633,265 2.83 +0.90 1 ±0
Commitment to Europe (CpE)7 296,091 1.32 –0.60 0 –1
Animalist Party Against Mistreatment of Animals (PACMA) 294,657 1.31 +0.18 0 ±0
Green Coalition–Citizen Europe (CV–EC) 65,921 0.29 New 0 ±0
Zero CutsThe GreensEuropean Green Group (Recortes Cero–LV–GVE) 51,674 0.23 +0.03 0 ±0
Volt Europa (Volt) 32,291 0.14 New 0 ±0
Feminist Initiative (IFem) 30,938 0.14 –0.01 0 ±0
Communists (PCPE–PCPC–PCPA) 29,259 0.13 –0.06 0 ±0
Act (PACT) 25,355 0.11 New 0 ±0
Andalusia by Itself (AxSí) 23,979 0.11 New 0 ±0
For a Fairer World (PUM+J) 22,280 0.10 New 0 ±0
Communist Party of the Workers of Spain (PCTE) 19,081 0.09 New 0 ±0
Pirates of Catalonia–European Pirates ( 16,672 0.07 –0.18 0 ±0
Centrists for Europe (CCD–Lliures–UIJ–centrados) 15,776 0.07 New 0 ±0
Forum of Citizens (FAC) 14,369 0.06 –0.15 0 ±0
Positive Left (IZQP) 12,906 0.06 New 0 ±0
Republican Alternative (ALTER) 12,760 0.06 +0.01 0 ±0
With You, We Are Democracy (Contigo) 12,492 0.06 New 0 ±0
FE de las JONSSpanish AlternativeLa FalangeNational Democracy (ADÑ)8 11,798 0.05 –0.20 0 ±0
Extremadurans (CEx–CREx–PREx) 11,742 0.05 +0.01 0 ±0
Red Current Movement (MCR) 9,812 0.04 +0.01 0 ±0
Actual Equality (IGRE) 9,511 0.04 New 0 ±0
Humanist Party (PH) 7,901 0.04 –0.05 0 ±0
Euro Latin Independent Movement (MIEL) 6,719 0.03 New 0 ±0
Internationalist Solidarity and Self-Management (SAIn) 5,572 0.02 –0.02 0 ±0
Blank ballots 216,771 0.97 –1.33
Total1 22,410,049 54 ±0
Valid votes 22,410,049 99.14 +0.94
Invalid votes 193,849 0.86 –0.94
Votes cast / turnout 22,603,898 64.30 +20.49
Registered voters 37,272,179
Popular vote
Ahora Repúblicas
Blank ballots
Ahora Repúblicas

Elected legislatorsEdit

The following table lists the elected legislators:


  1. ^ Up to 59 seats, pending Brexit. Should the United Kingdom be effectively out of the European Union in a legal basis, the 5 additional seats would be allocated to PSOE, PP, Cs, Vox and Junts.
  2. ^ Aggregated data for UPyD and C's in the 2014 election.
  3. ^ a b Currently in preventive detention in Soto del Real (Madrid).
  4. ^ Aggregated data for EPDD and LPD in the 2014 election.
  5. ^ Aggregated data for IP and Podemos in the 2014 election.
  6. ^ 16 PP, 1 independent (ex-UDC).
  7. ^ PSOE.
  8. ^ 5 Podemos, 4 IU, 1 Anova.
  9. ^ 4 Cs, 1 UPyD, 1 PDeCAT, 1 PNV, 1 independent (ex-UPyD).
  10. ^ 2 ERC, 1 ICV, 1 European Spring
  11. ^ PDeCAT will run in a coalition list with its predecessor party, CDC, in order to guarantee public funding for the campaign.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz Within Unidas Podemos cambiar Europa.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj Within Cs.
  14. ^ a b c d e PNV only.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h Within CEU.


Opinion poll sources
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  7. ^ "El PSOE arrasa en las elecciones europeas y se consolida la división del centroderecha". El Mundo (in Spanish). 20 May 2019.
  8. ^ "El PSOE crece en los últimos días (+2,6) y el PP consolida el segundo puesto (+1,2)". ABC (in Spanish). 20 May 2019.
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  15. ^ "#electoPanel europeas (17M): Puigdemont mantiene sus dos eurodiputados con el 3,5% y subiendo". (in Spanish). 17 May 2019.
  16. ^ "El PSOE ganará las elecciones europeas con más de 10 puntos de distancia sobre el PP, según Celeste-Tel". (in Spanish). 20 May 2019.
  17. ^ "La fortaleza de Ciudadanos puede dar la victoria a la derecha en las europeas". El Independiente (in Spanish). 16 May 2019.
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  21. ^ "El PSOE se impondrá el 26-M y el PP superará por 5 puntos a Ciudadanos". ABC (in Spanish). 13 May 2019.
  22. ^ "#electoPanel europeas (13M): subida del PSOE, que roza el 25%". (in Spanish). 13 May 2019.
  23. ^ "El PSOE desbanca al PP como fuerza más votada en las europeas". El País (in Spanish). 18 May 2019.
  24. ^ "#electoPanel europeas (11M): Puigdemont sube y roza el 4%, Compromis pierde su escaño". (in Spanish). 11 May 2019.
  25. ^ "#electoPanel europeas (9M): Puigdemont sigue subiendo y apuntala el segundo escaño". (in Spanish). 9 May 2019.
  26. ^ "#electoPanel europeas (7M): desplome del PP". (in Spanish). 7 May 2019.
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  30. ^ "electoPanel europeas (2A): la separación de PNV y JxCat hace peligrar sus escaños". (in Spanish). 2 April 2019.
  31. ^ "Elecciones Europeas: El Mundo y Sigma Dos presentan en Madrid la segunda oleada de la macro encuesta para las europeas en seis países". Sigma Dos (in Spanish). 11 April 2019.
  32. ^ "PSOE, PP y Vox crecen mientras Unidas Podemos y Ciudadanos caen, según las proyecciones de la Eurocámara". (in Spanish). 18 April 2019.
  33. ^ "ElectoPanel europeas (26M): el PSOE sigue ganando ventaja". (in Spanish). 26 March 2019.
  34. ^ "ElectoPanel para europeas (19M): la bajada de Unidas Podemos daría un segundo escaño al PACMA". (in Spanish). 19 March 2019.
  35. ^ "ElectoPanel europeo 12M: victoria para el PSOE". (in Spanish). 12 March 2019.
  36. ^ "ElectoPanel Europeas (I): Ciudadanos y PSOE luchan por la victoria. Vox da el sorpasso a Podemos y se acerca al PP. PACMA logra representación". (in Spanish). 5 March 2019.
  37. ^ "El bloque de la investidura de Pedro Sánchez ganaría las europeas". El Mundo (in Spanish). 7 March 2019.
  38. ^ "ElectoPanel Europeas (I): Ciudadanos y PSOE luchan por la victoria. Vox da el sorpasso a Podemos y se acerca al PP. PACMA logra representación". (in Spanish). 3 February 2019.
  39. ^ "El PSOE ganará las europeas por primera vez en 15 años gracias a la división de la derecha". El Español (in Spanish). 13 January 2019.
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  42. ^ "Una encuesta de Moncloa para las europeas pronostica escaños para Vox, UPyD y PACMA". El Independiente (in Spanish). 10 April 2018.
  43. ^ "Un estudio del PSOE le sitúa como primera fuerza en municipales y europeas". Cadena SER (in Spanish). 9 April 2018.
  44. ^ "La primera fuerza en las europeas". PSOE (in Spanish). 9 April 2018.
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