This article was originally published in Deutsche Welle
Several former high-ranking People’s Party (PP) officials are facing trial in the country’s largest corruption case since the party’s foundation in 1976. Santiago Saez reports from Madrid.
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.
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Parliament Chairwoman Ana Pastor (PP) has confirmed that the confidence debate to re-elect Rajoy will be on 30 August.
This means that, if no candidate manages to gather enough support before 30 October, the elections will be held on 25 December.
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PM Mariano Rajoy (PP) and Albert Rivera (Ciudadanos) will meet tomorrow at 13.00 CET, as confirmed by Ciudadanos’ José Manuel Villegas.