Small Victory for Catalan Separatists in Spanish Coalition Talks

The Socialists agree the independence crisis in Catalonia requires a “political” solution.

Spanish party leaders Pablo Iglesias and Pedro Sánchez speak in Madrid, February 5, 2016
Spanish party leaders Pablo Iglesias and Pedro Sánchez speak in Madrid, February 5, 2016 (PSOE)
  • Spain’s center-left Socialist Party has agreed the independence crisis in Catalonia requires a “political” solution.
  • This is a small victory for the separatists, whose support the Socialists need to form a government.
  • The Socialists and the far-left Podemos won 155 out of 350 seats in the lower chamber of Congress on November 10. Regional parties hold the balance of power.
  • The two intend to form a coalition government with the Socialists’ Pedro Sánchez as prime minister and Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias as deputy prime minister.