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Europe facing ‘winds of xenophobia’: Spanish PM

AFP, ARGELES-SUR-MER, France

The Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party leader could lose his fragile coalition majority in parliament as his rightwing opponents from the People’s Party and Vox gain momentum, fueled by anger over his handling of the Catalan secession crisis.

The emergence of Vox in particular highlights populist and eurosceptic movements gaining ground across Europe, such as the “yellow vest” protests that have shaken French President Emmanuel Macron’s government.

The tensions are set to play out on a continental scale ahead of European Parliament elections in May.

“We have to respect gravestones, forget race, honor freedom, open borders and create welcoming ports,” Sanchez said on Sunday.

“This is the idea of Europe. The idea on which has been built the best period humanity has known,” he said.

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