Iberia goes to the polls
Tomorrow, voters across Portugal and Spain will go to the polls. Portuguese voters will elect a new Assembly of the Republic and a new government, while Spanish voters will vote over the Constitutional Treaty of the European Union.
The Portuguese Socialist Party is the most probable winner of the Portuguese elections; the question is whether it will obtain a stable majority, or whether it will be forced to form a coalition with other left-leaning parties. In Spain, the electorate is most likely to approve the Constitutional Treaty with a relaxed "Yes" victory. It will be the first country to do so through a referendum; while Slovenia, Hungary and Lithuania have already done so through parliamentary votes.
It is an interesting coincidence that both countries hold elections on the same day. As time goes by, it becomes more evident how the history of these two countries is almost inseparable. Thirty years ago both countries were emerging from decades-long dictatorships that inhibited social, political, cultural and economic growth in the region; today, citizens in both countries express their will through these most solemn democratic acts.