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Ciudadanos: what drives Spain’s new liberal insurgency?

The party is shooting up the polls in Spain ahead of the country's general election—but does its success contain lessons for the rest of the continent?

By Sam Edwards  

Albert Rivera leader of the Spanish party Ciudadanos, is heading up a rare liberal surge. © AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

France’s mainstream parties may have narrowly avoided a Front National electoral triumph, but Spain’s establishment parties perhaps face an even greater threat to their 30-plus years of hegemony as they prepare for the country’s 20th December general election. Here, the biggest challenger to the traditional groups is not far-right populism, but rather…

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