Slap in the Face for Rajoy? Spain Goes to the Polls

Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, got one surprise he wasn’t expecting on the campaign trail in his home region of Galicia Wednesday night when he was punched in the face by a 17-year-old boy.

The incident marks a chaotic end to the final days of campaigning in the country’s general election this weekend. It looks set to be one of the most intriguing and important polls since Spain’s transition to democracy.

With the country finally emerging from years of hardship borne of a crippling financial crisis and the implementation of severe austerity, the emergence of new political forces is set to transform Spain’s political landscape.

CNBC takes a look at the issues involved.


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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Market Analyst, UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary. His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
Craig Erlam