Podemos Calls for Left-Wing Coalition in Spain

Spain’s anti-establishment Podemos party called for a left-wing coalition on Friday, led by the Socialists.

If the two agree, “there can be a government of change,” Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias said.

Such an alliance would require the support of smaller parties on the left and could still fall short of a majority without at least the acquiescence of the liberal Ciudadanos. Read more “Podemos Calls for Left-Wing Coalition in Spain”

Spanish Left Rules Out Keeping Rajoy in Power

Spain’s two largest left-wing parties on Monday said they would not support another conservative administration led Mariano Rajoy, complicating the formation of a coalition government in a country that has only seen one-party rule since democracy was restored.

Rajoy’s People’s Party won the most seats in an election on Sunday but lost its overall majority. Read more “Spanish Left Rules Out Keeping Rajoy in Power”

Spanish Parties in Three-Way Tie for Election

Conservative, liberal and socialist parties are in a three-way tie for Spain’s general election next month, polls show.

A Metroscopia survey published in the El País newspaper has all three hovering just north of 22 percent support in a statistical tie.

A different poll published by El Mundo has the ruling conservatives ahead with 27 percent, followed by the liberal Ciudadanos at 23 and the Socialist Party at 20 percent.

Most recent surveys have given the conservative People’s Party around a five-point lead.

The party’s leader, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, waited until the last possible moment to dissolve parliament this year, hoping that an improving economy would give his party a fighting chance in the election.

After years of malaise, Spain is finally showing signs of recovery. Growth is expected to come in at 3 percent this year, one of the highest rates in the industrialized world. Business and consumer confidence are improving and the unemployment rate is coming down.

More than one in five Spaniards is still out of work, but the rate is down from a 27-percent high only two years ago. Read more “Spanish Parties in Three-Way Tie for Election”

As Podemos Falls, Spanish Liberals Rise in Polls

Spanish voters disillusioned about their country’s left- and right-wing parties are moving away from radical leftists who look to Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras’ Syriza for inspiration. The centrist Ciudadanos party is gaining popularity instead as Spain prepares for parliamentary elections later this year.

Only nine years old, Ciudadanos is originally from Catalonia, where it opposes the regional independence movement. Its leader, Albert Rivera, attributes the party’s nationwide appeal to its sensible policy proposals.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Rivera says he shares the radical Podemos party’s diagnosis of what ails Spain. But their solutions are obsolete, he argues.

They stand for a very interventionist model, for more state control. They blame the system. We blame the people who have corrupted the system. Read more “As Podemos Falls, Spanish Liberals Rise in Polls”