More Cork than Body – Difficult Starting Position for Spanish Government Cuvée

 

After months of agonising debates and under the influence of the Catalonia crisis, which has been intensifying for months now, Pedro Sánchez was re-elected prime minister last Tuesday. However, the price for his victory is high in many ways. The coalition between Sánchez’s socialists and the left-wing populist party Unidos Podemos, which despite months of negotiations was still considered impossible in the summer, has now been sealed in record time. This agreement encompassed substantial – particularly fiscal – concessions. Continue reading

Gambled Away: Government Formation in Spain More Complicated Than Before 

Strong right-wing populists come in third – liberal party Ciudadanos crashes

 

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his Social Democratic PSOE (“Partido Socialista Obrero Español” – Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party) have once again become the strongest force in Sunday’s parliamentary elections. Nevertheless, they have clearly missed their ultimate goal: to win votes in order to form a stable government. In fact, PSOE lost three mandates and now has 120 seats in Congress. The absolute majority requires 176 seats, but with the support of the left-wing populist party Unidos Podemos (“Together we can do it”) and the new Más País (“More Land”) the left-wing bloc only has 158 seats. For a progressive government majority, Sánchez would be dependent on the votes of various Catalan parties, which strive for the independence of the autonomous region and emerged strengthened from the 10N – it would be political harakiri. Continue reading