Spain election result another blow to austerity, says Tsipras


Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras described the Spanish election results, which delivered a hung Parliament on Sunday, as a defeat for austerity.

“Austerity has also been defeated politically in Spain,” he said in a brief written statement.

“The forces that support society have made a dynami entrance on the political scene,” added the Greek leader, who has backed left-wing Podemos, which came third in terms of the number of seats won.

"The prospect of a progressive majority is now possible. Our struggle is being vindicated. Europe is changing," concluded the SYRIZA leader.

With almost all the votes counted, conservative Partido Popular had 123 seats, socialist PSOE 90, Podemos 69 and centrist Ciudadanos 40.