Radical change or safety first? Spain wavers before vote

Leader of the Popular Party and Spain's caretaker Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, argues he has reduced unemployment from a peak of 26.9 percent in early 2013, but critics say jobs created are mainly unstable and temporaryIt’s a different story more than 600 kilometres (370 miles) north in the affluent town of Paracuellos de Jarama, where many are veering to the right in fear of the arrival of what some dub the “communists”, referring to the Unidos Podemos coalition. Across the nation, the second general election in six months is pitting voters hungry for change in a country with sky-high unemployment against those who fear this change would worsen the situation for Spain, which was on the brink of collapse just a few years ago. This upheaval meant that the last elections in December resulted in a hung parliament, after which parties failed to agree on a coalition, prompting Sunday’s repeat vote.

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