Spain left wondering how a bid to form a government failed so badly

epa07740194 A composite picture shows Spanish acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (L) and leader of Spanish left coalition Unidas Podemos' Pablo Iglesias (R) attend the second and last investiture vote at Lower Chamber of Spanish Parliament in Madrid, Spain, 25 July 2019. Sanchez lost a vote of confidence in parliament by 155 votes against his reelection, 67 abstentions and 124 votes in favor, making it not sufficient to form a new coalition government. EPA-EFE/BALLESTEROS/EMILIO NARANJO

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Carlos E. Cué from the Spanish newspaper El Pais analyses the current political crisis in Spain after negotiations to form a new Government crumbled.

Negotiations in which in those five days the parties met four times, with one of the meetings lasting barely 20 minutes.

Now the two sides are accusing the other of not really wanting to negotiate. But the truth is that they did try, albeit in talks that, according to information leaked about them, were characterized by chaotic exchanges and mistrust.

Cué writes that as such, there was an important defeat for one of the sides at the beginning of the talks: Pablo Iglesias agreed that he would stand aside and not demand a high-ranking role in government, something the politician took as a humiliation.

From that moment on it was obvious that things were going to get very complicated. But not impossible. There were five days to go until the decisive investiture vote that would potentially see acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez voted back into power.

He adds that many in the PSOE and Podemos were confident that the pressure of avoiding yet another general election in November – the poll would be Spain’s fourth in as many years, and the fifth this year including regional, municipal and European dates with the ballot boxes – would force some kind of deal, and sweep away the huge levels of mistrust between the two party leaders.


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