BREAKING: Guipuzcoa electoral board bans Otegi from running for office

BREAKING: Guipuzcoa electoral board bans Otegi from running for office

The electoral board of Guipuzcoa has ruled that EH Bildu‘s candidate Arnaldo Otegi can’t run for Lehendakari (Basque PM) at the Basque election on 25 September. Otegi is currently suspended from holding a public position after serving 6 years in jail, although the his sentence is not specific, which in the past has allowed other candidates in his position to run.

EH Bildu spokesmen are expected to talk to the press this afternoon at 17h CET. The party is expected to appeal the decision.


NotReallyBreaking: Rajoy dodges all questions, says nothing new

NotReallyBreaking: Rajoy dodges all questions

Incumbent PM Mariano Rajoy has dodged all questions about Ciudadanos six conditions, about the date of the confidence debate and about everything else. He has just said that he’s happy to be supported by Ciudadanos.

We already knew that Mariano.

Also: He’s expected to meet Albert Rivera “soon”. And if Pedro Sanchez wants to meet him, that would also work for Mr. Rajoy.



BREAKING: Ciudadanos willing to negotiate with Rajoy if PP accepts 6 conditions

BREAKING: Ciudadanos willing to negotiate with Rajoy if PP accepts 6 conditions

Ciudadanos’ leader Albert Rivera has announced that his party would negotiate support Mariano Rajoy if he schedules a date for the confidence debate and accepts the following six conditions:

  • Politicians indicted for corruption must be immediately fired
  • End of parliamentary immunity
  • New electoral law
  • End of pardons in cases of political corruption
  • Maximum 2 terms per PM
  • More transparency, including parliamentary investigation of PP’s illegal funding.

Breaking: Podemos and PSOE in alternative government talks

Breaking: Podemos and PSOE in alternative government talks

Podemos Secretary for Policy and Strategy, Íñigo Errejón, has revealed in a TV interview that his party and PSOE have considered the possibility to attempt a government deal if Mariano Rajoy fails to be re-elected. However, Errejón has confirmed that it’s Rajoy’s turn to try, and that formal negotiations would only take place after he fails to obtain support at a confidence debate.



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.