The Day in Spain #26: Rajoy – the happy wanderer

The talk today in Spain is about Rajoy’s ever-growing position of power in front of PSOE. After the socialist hara-kiri last weekend, which ended with Pedro Sanchez’s resignation, PSOE leaders know that the chances of doing well in a third round of elections are now close to nil, so they are now hoping that Rajoy allows them to abstain (although the president of Extremadura, PSOE’s Fernánde Vara has said, to everyone’s hilarity, that “PP should be scared of PSOE, which could beat them”).

On the other side of the table, Rajoy can now play cat-and-mouse with the socialists. Once again, Mariano’s famous strategy of “doing nothing-saying nothing” has worked wonders, as his enemies crumble on their own before his indifferece. Like Homer Simpson to Frank Grimes, he’s the happy wanderer, just merrily strolling through life and government without a worry in the world. What a guy.

"Yup, it's me again!"
“Yup, it’s me again!”

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The Day in Spain #25

PSOE Wars

  • Pedro Sanchez’s critics resign en masse from the party’s board to force the secretary general out of the leadership. Sanchez has cancelled a scheduled TV interview he had tonight, but it’s still unclear whether he’ll step down. According to internal rules, if more than half of the 38 strong board resign, a technical management board takes over. The critics are counting on two previous unrelated resignations and a board member who passed away. Walder Frey, you’re an amateur.
Pedro Sanchez walking into PSOE's headquarters today
Pedro Sanchez walking into PSOE’s headquarters today
  • Former socialist PM Felipe González wants Rajoy to rule, says Sanchez disappointed him. In the same interview, he cryptically said that PSOE never had such bad results in the Basque Country “after the things we did there”. Was he referring to State sponsored torture, murder and terrorism?

Catalan independence process

  • Catalan PM Carles Puigdemont expected to file a request with the central government for the celebration of an independence referendum. Central government not expected to reply.

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Deutsche Welle: Spaniards are fed up with political deadlock

This article was originally published in Deutsche Welle.

After seven months of negotiations to form a new government, Spain is likely to head to the polls for the third time in under a year. People are growing more and more indifferent. Santiago Saez reports from Madrid.

 

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BREAKING: Generalitat will follow the suspended independence roadmap bill

BREAKING: The Catalan Government will disregard the Constitutional Court and follow the roadmap to independence

Neus Munté, the Catalan government spokeswoman said that the Generalitat will follow the Parliament’s mandate and continue to implement the independence process. The Constitutional Court suspended the bill yesterday, in an unanimous vote. Catalan politicians including Parliament Chairwoman Carme Forcadell, risk suspension and even penal proceedings.