Thursday, March 11, 2004

Socialists Lose I
Spain Conservatives Ride High Pre-Election

For a political party that dragged Spain kicking and screaming into the Iraq war, the ruling conservatives head into Sunday's general election looking oddly buoyant.
In fact, they're watching with glee as the opposition Socialists nurse a self-inflicted wound in Spain's other war — against violent Basque separatism — and they are favored to win a third straight term.
Prosperity helps too. Under outgoing Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, Spain has posted eight consecutive years of economic growth even as mighty European economies sputtered.

And if being associated with the ETA was a drag on Socialists before, the huge terrorist attack on the subway could sink them.

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