Spanish Alternative

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Spanish Alternative
Alternativa Española
General Secretary Rafaél López-Diéguez Gamoneda
Founded 21 April 2003
Headquarters C/ Bravo Murillo, nº 50, 1º B, 28003, Madrid
Ideology Political Catholicism
Conservatism[1]
National conservatism
Social conservatism
Centralism
National Catholicism
Neo-Francoism[2]
Euroscepticism
Spanish nationalism
Political position Right-wing[3] to far-right[4]
Colours      Grey
Local
Government
5 / 67,611
Website
www.alternativaespanola.com

Spanish Alternative (Spanish: Alternativa Española, AES) is a nationwide Spanish Catholic political party, whose ideology is framed within the conservative right-wing.[3] It describes itself as "social Christian and cross-sectional".[5] Its Secretary General is the lawyer and businessman Rafael López-Diéguez, former member of the far-right New Force, active formation during the Transition and managed by his father-in-law, the historic leader Blas Piñar, who was named honorary president of AES, a post which he held until his death in January 2014. Although AES doesn't use symbols of Franco's regime, the party has been described as neo-francoist as well as being considered to be inheritor of New Force.[2] It maintains contacts with the party Navarrese and Spanish Right (DNE).

Ideology[edit]

AES holds its program declaration and its public action in four principles: the "defense of life" (opposition to any type of abortion), the "pro-family", "Christian roots" and the "unity of Spain". When the party has to place itself on the political spectrum, AES defines itself as a cross-sectional party that is positioned on the right in moral matter and on the left in social and economic matter.[6] Thus, AES considers homosexual adoption to be an attack on the family and is against same-sex marriages and even same-sex civil unions.[7] It has been described as akin to "fundamentalist Catholicism".

Spanish Alternative takes a hard line on the Autonomic State by proposing to abolish the autonomous communities.[8] To the party's mind, the State of Autonomies is unviable and unsustainable because it constitutes an economic catastrophe, because it has been the main contributory factor to the present crisis, because it promotes the breach of the national integrity and cohesion in its continuing development and because it entails unequal rights among Spaniards depending on their place of birth or residence.[9] However, AES would keep the provincial privileges of Navarre and the Basque Country.

Election results[edit]

In the municipal elections of 2015 the party gained 5 town councillors. 2 in Las Labores and 1 in Ampuero, Bárcena de Pie de Concha and Villanueva de la Condesa.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ávila López 2015, p. 85: "Likewise, the conservative political party AES shares similar goals for the country"
  2. ^ a b Rodríguez Jiménez, José Luis (2012). "Historia de un fracaso y ¿de una refundación?: de la vieja a la nueva extrema derecha en España (1975-2012)" (pdf). Studia historica. Historia contemporánea (in Spanish). Vol. 30. Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca. p. 264. ISSN 0213-2087. Todo aquello que recuerda la guerra civil o la dictadura de Franco ha sido abandonado, o ha quedado en manos de un neofranquismo residual, a extinguir, como el de Alternativa Española, última reencarnación de los herederos de FN 
  3. ^ a b (in Spanish) Alternativa Española, partido político español católico confesional, encuadrado dentro de la derecha conservadora - La Vanguardia
  4. ^ (in Spanish) La extrema derecha, huérfana de Blas Piñar, El Mundo
  5. ^ "Alternativa Española defiende «valores sociales basados en las raíces cristianas»". La Verdad (in Spanish). 6 March 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2017. Como «una opción transversal de orientación social cristiana» define la propuesta de Alternativa Española (AES) su portavoz nacional, Francisco Torres García, que participó en sendos actos electorales en Elche y Alicante 
  6. ^ Vaquero Oroquieta, Fernando José (2005). "Entrevista a Rafael López–Dieguez: la conquista de un espacio". Arbil. Vol. 97. ISSN 1697-1388. Retrieved 20 October 2017. Si tuviera que definir AES con los estereotipos de la sociología política actual, estaríamos posicionados a la derecha del PP en materia moral y a su izquierda en materia social y económica. En definitiva, somos un partido transversal 
  7. ^ ""AES y el fracaso": Esta es la carta que han recibido los militantes de AES". Diario ya (in Spanish). 29 March 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2017. Pero pese a nuestro interés de aunar esfuerzos y el rechazo de Vox a construir una alternativa, la unión por el momento desafortunadamente se ha vuelto imposible al haber confirmado recientemente el Sr. Abascal que se reafirma sobre la legitimidad de las uniones homosexuales, para nosotros uno de los principios no negociables 
  8. ^ Entrevista de AD a Francisco Torres, portavoz de AES: “O ponemos fin al Estado de las Autonomías o ellas acaban con España”, Alerta Digital
  9. ^ Alternativa Española. "¿Está usted de acuerdo con la supresión de las Autonomías?" (PDF). alternativaespanola.com (in Spanish). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2017. En la certeza de que el actual Estado de las Autonomías no sólo es inviable sino que además resulta insostenible; que constituye una lacra económica; que ha sido elemento coadyuvante fundamental -como factor propio- de la actual crisis, que en su permanente desarrollo impulsa la ruptura de la integridad y la cohesión nacional, que conlleva la desigualdad de derechos entre los españoles en función de su lugar de nacimiento o residencia 

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