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On a day that saw most European bourses and Wall Street shut for holidays, losses piled up for markets in Spain and Greece after regional elections yielded political upsets in one, and signs of a worsening debt crisis cropped up in another.

In afternoon trading, losses for the Spain IBEX 35 index surpassed 2% on Monday, while Greece’s Athex Composite Share index , tumbled 3%. In sympathy with those regional losses, the FTSE MIB Italy index dropped 2% and the Portugal PSI 20 index fell around 1.8%

The French CAC 40 , one of the few other bourses open, with U.K. and Germany shut, fell 0.6%. Wall Street is shut down for the Memorial Day holiday.

Banks in Spain, Greece and Italy, along with France, bore the brunt of losses.

The euro also came under renewed pressure against the dollar (EURUSD) , dropping to $1.0977 versus $1.1005 in late New York trading on Friday. The dollar recorded its first weekly gain against the euro in five weeks on Friday.

An upset in Spain: In regional and municipal elections in Spain on Sunday, the governing Popular Party was severely punished with surprising wins for leftist Podemos (We Can) and center-right Ciudadanos (Citizens). Upsets were expected in politically important cities of Barcelona and Madrid as voters, fed up with austerity and corruption, cast support to those upstart parties. The PP suffered its worst result in 20 years with regards to local elections.

In the wealthy Catalonia region, the Barcelona mayor’s race was won by housing activist Ada Colau, who founded an advocacy group that stages protests to block evictions of people who can’t pay their mortgages. She is possibly the first of a new generation of so-called “Indignados,” or protesters, to win election to a major public office. The Popular Party could also face difficulties forming functional governments in several former strongholds.

Colau beat the incumbent candidate of a Convergence and Union, a conservative party that has long dominated the region.

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Fearing a repeat of Greece: Ilya Spivak, currency strategist at, said in a note that the outcome of the Spanish elections has underscored a growing influence from Podemos, “an antiausterity party in the mold of Greece’s now-ruling Syriza.”

He said the negative reaction seen for the euro reflects fears that the results could be a foretaste of the general election expected in November, which could see Podemos emerging as a “kingmaker in coalition negotiation. That would raise the possibility of a Greece-like fiasco in the Eurozone’s fourth-largest economy,” he said.

Added, Predrag Dukic, senior equity sales trader, in emailed comments: “The market is already pricing in a November election, in which no party will have an outright majority.”

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The euro and what few European bourses were open were also pressured by fresh Greece worries. On Sunday, the country’s interior minister, Nikos Voutsis, told privately owned television station Mega that his country won’t be able to meet EUR1.54 billion of payments ( due to the International Monetary Fund between June 5 and 19. “This money will not be given,” he said. “It does not exist.”

Michala Marcussen, global head of economist at Société Générale, said the situation for Greece is unlikely to get really ugly before July as the country would still have a grace period to make that payment.

“The key risk that we see in the very short term is that all the talk of late payments causes further panic in Greece triggering bank runs and forcing capital controls,” she said in a note on Sunday.