2016 Spanish General Election

Spain's next general election will likely be held in June 2016 after months of talks failed to produce a new Prime Minister.

Why Did A Million Podemos Voters Stay At Home On Sunday? XX Theories

DEEP SPAIN: Where did the joint list lose most votes? Where was turnout lowest during the evening? http://www.eldiario.es/politica/direccion-Podemos-ataja-division-fiasco_0_531597658.html http://www.republica.com/viva-la-pepa/2... (Read full story).

Rajoy Should Be Allowed To Govern

EDITORIAL: There was no *sorpasso*: Podemos did not overtake the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) to become the leading force on the Spanish left; Pablo Iglesias did not become Prime Minister, or even have a chance of doing so; Spain's... (Read full story).

Rajoy Says Stable New Spanish Government "Urgent" As PSOE And Ciudadanos Pass Buck

NEWS: Interim Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said that the formation of a "stable" new Spanish government was "urgent" after voters confounded pollsters on Sunday night and returned the PP as the leading political force in... (Read full story).

PP Wins 2016 Spain General Election, Podemos Does Not Overtake PSOE

NEWS: The real results confounded all of the polls published in the weeks leading up to the general election, all of the secret Andorran fruit market polls, and both exit polls published at 8 p.m., one of which canvassed 132,000... (Read full story).

Spain Exit Polls Show Podemos Overtaking PSOE

NEWS: Seat estimate for the Spanish Congress (350 seats in total, 176 for an overall majority): | Party | Sigma Dos | GAD 3 | December Election | |:------ | ------:| ------:| ------:| | PP | 117-121 | 121-124 | 123 | | Uni... (Read full story).

Spain 2016 General Election Day

LIVE BLOG: - **BREAKING:** [Exit polls show Podemos overtaking PSOE][8] - **Election-day editorial:** [Spain Goes To Polls After Brexit][6] - **Baseline scenario:** [A Prediction For The New General Election In Spain][5] - **In-de... (Read full story).

Spain Goes To Polls After Brexit

EDITORIAL: After 18 months of continuous election coverage—since the Andalusian regional campaign in March 2015—The Spain Report's [baseline scenario][1] a month ago for the 2016 general election was the Popular Party (PP) first, Uni... (Read full story).

Spanish Home Secretary Caught On Tape Plotting Against Catalan Separatists

NEWS: Spain's interim Home Secretary, Jorge Fernández Diaz (PP), came under fire late on Tuesday evening after [Público][1] published recordings of conversations in his office during which he plotted to falsify corruption cases ... (Read full story).

Spain General Election Brief: 21/06/2016

BRIEFING: **SPENDING UP, OR DOWN?** During a lower-level TV debate on Monday night, the PP was called out for using a dodgy graph on social spending. Whoever drew the chart got the bars wrong, implying social spending had risen cons... (Read full story).

Humourless PP Threatens To Sue Spain's Version Of The Onion Over Spoof Election Site

NEWS: The Popular Party has sent a letter to El Mundo Today—Spain's version of The Onion—threatening to sue the satirical website if it does not take down a spoof election site called [rajoypresidente.es][1] (RajoyPrimeMinister.... (Read full story).

Spain General Election Brief: 20/06/2016

BRIEFING: **LATEST POLLS:** As well as the El País and El Mundo polls, which for the first time in weeks suggested different outcomes next Sunday, several other polls were published over the weekend: - All of them agreed on the s... (Read full story).

Catalan Independence "A Flag Of Protest", Says Veteran La Vanguardia Columnist Enric Juliana

SUNDAY INTERVIEW: Enric Juliana (Badalona, 1957) has written for [La Vanguardia][1] since 1991. The Spain Report caught up with him at the paper's newsroom in central Madrid, the morning after British MP Jo Cox was murdered in West Yorkshir... (Read full story).

Rajoy, Rivera, Sánchez & Iglesias Clash Half-Heartedly In Stilted Four-Way TV Debate

NEWS: The four candidates to become the next Prime Minister of Spain took part in a mostly wooden televised debate on Monday evening, the only big discussion of the new election campaign. As with Sunday night's economy debate... (Read full story).

Spanish Parties Clash On Pensions, Unemployment And Taxes In Election Economy Debate

NEWS: Spain's interim Economy Minister, Luis de Guindos (Popular Party) and three possible rivals for the post after the June 26 general election clashed on La Sexta on Sunday evening over the situation of the Spanish economy an... (Read full story).

"Ada Colau Could Be Prime Minister In 2018", Says Veteran Spanish Pollster Jaime Miquel

SUNDAY INTERVIEW: *(After interviewing British writer [Paul Mason][1] and Spain's answer to Nate Silver, [Kiko Llaneras][2], The Spain Report continues its general election cycle of in-depth interviews to help you understand how the country... (Read full story).

In Murcia, Santiago Abascal Says Vox Hasn't Stolen Trump's Slogan Or Copied It From Franco

CHRONICLE: It wouldn't be the first time a Spanish party might have nicked a tag line from an American politician. Podemos, after all, means "we can", strikingly similar to Obama's famous "Yes we can!" chant in 2008. "We didn't st... (Read full story).

Spain's Pre-Election CIS Survey Confirms Podemos To Overtake PSOE

NEWS: Spain's widely respected CIS survey, containing pre-election polling data, confirmed on Thursday morning that the joint Podemos-United Left electoral list, Unidos Podemos, is likely to overtake the Spanish Socialist Party ... (Read full story).

Spain General Election Brief: 06/06/2016

BRIEFING: **POLL ALERTS:** Lots of polls on Sunday and Monday, all confirming the same underlying story: Unidos Podemos will overtake the PSOE on the left. El Mundo and La Razón also show Ciudadanos losing a couple of seats back to ... (Read full story).

"Unidos Podemos Can Win Seats In Almost Every Province", Says Spain's Nate Silver, Kiko Llaneras

SUNDAY INTERVIEW: Following the first new general election Sunday Interview with [British writer Paul Mason][1] in Madrid last week, The Spain Report caught up with Spain's answer to US political stats whiz Nate Silver, Kiko Llaneras, as he... (Read full story).

New El País Poll Shows Unidos Podemos 5 Points In Front Of PSOE

NEWS: A new Metroscopia poll [published][1] by El País on Saturday evening shows the joint Podemos and United Left electoral list, Unidos Podemos, has surged to a more than five point lead (+5.4) over the Spanish Socialist Worke... (Read full story).

Spain General Election Brief: 02/06/2016

BRIEFING: Latest election editorials: - [Danger Close For Pedro Sánchez And The PSOE][1] - [A Prediction For The New General Election In Spain][2] **SÁNCHEZ ON THE DEFENSIVE:** Pedro Sánchez tried to respond to the multiple a... (Read full story).

Danger Close For Sánchez And The PSOE

EDITORIAL: Pedro Sánchez defended his party's independence during a question and answer session with El Mundo on Tuesday. He was not, he said, considering either abstention or voting in favour of a PP government after the election, w... (Read full story).

Spain General Election Brief: 01/06/2016

BRIEFING: Catch-up with yesterday's election brief [here][7]. **TWEETS:** A curious reader asked in the comments yesterday if the "embargoed tweets" story was a normal occurrence. Absolutely not, hence the absurdity of the moment... (Read full story).

Spain 2016 General Election Poll Of Polls

DATA: REPORTING: events/facts/data + description + states + smell/taste/touch/sound/sights + intensity + original + no waaaay + locations + timings + resources + Spaniards CONTEXT: significance, environment, surroundings, (infr... (Read full story).

Spain General Election Brief: 31/05/2016

BRIEFING: **PSOE-PODEMOS COALITION?** A new [MyWord poll][1] for Cadena SER reflected other recent polls showing the PP first, Unidos Podemos second, the PSOE third and Ciudadanos fourth, but suggested a left-wing PSOE-Unidos Podemo... (Read full story).

A Prediction For The New General Election In Spain

SUNDAY EDITORIAL: Despite five months of wrangling, posturing, announcements, accusations and hand-wringing, the only thing that has materially altered the balance of parties in the polls in Spain since last December has been the decision b... (Read full story).

PSOE Rejects Podemos Offer Of Joint Electoral List For Spanish Senate

NEWS: "No, thanks", was PSOE leader Pedro Sánchez's short reply to a public offer from Podemos to put together a joint electoral list for the Spanish Senate at the new general election on June 26. Mr. Sánchez was being interv... (Read full story).

Podemos And United Left Announce Deal For Joint Electoral List At New General Election

NEWS: Podemos and United Left announced they had reached a "pre-agreement" for a joint electoral list at the new general election to be held on June 26. Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias said it would be "an honour to walk toget... (Read full story).

United Left Members Vote Overwhelmingly In Favour Of Election Agreement With Podemos

NEWS: Grassroots members of United Left have voted overwhelmingly in favour of their party reaching an agreement with Podemos for the new Spanish general election on June 26. 84.5% of members voted 'yes', 13.1% voted 'no' an... (Read full story).

No Party Close To 44% Needed For Overall Majority At New General Election, Says Poll Of Polls

DEEP SPAIN: The latest poll of polls data from [Electograph][1] shows only minor changes compared to the results of the last general election on December 20, 2015. The order of the parties remains the same: PP, PSOE, Podemos, Ciuda... (Read full story).

King Dissolves Parliament And Calls New Spanish General Election For June 26

NEWS: The Speaker of Congress, Patxi López (PSOE), was received by His Majesty King Felipe at Zarzuela Palace at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning to dissolve parliament and call a new general election in Spain for June 26, 2016. ... (Read full story).

Polls Confused About Podemos & United Left Overtaking PSOE As Second Party In Spain

NEWS: Three polls published on Sunday disagreed on the effect a combined Podemos-United Left electoral list could have on the new general election in June. The key question is whether or not such a list would overtake the Spa... (Read full story).

New General Election Imminent In Spain As Rajoy & Sánchez Tell King They Don't Have Enough Votes

NEWS: Mariano Rajoy announced on Tuesday evening that he had told King Felipe he did not have enough parliamentary support to attempt to become the new Prime Minister of Spain. He denied the past four months had been a failur... (Read full story).

Time For Rajoy To Pack His Bags

EDITORIAL: In Spanish, the Prime Minister is referred to as the "President"—along with all of the regional First Ministers and a very long list of other political bosses at different levels—leading to frequent mistranslations into En... (Read full story).

PSOE Will Support Rajoy On Catalonia But Wants A Progressive Coalition Government, Sánchez Says

NEWS: Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) leader Pedro Sánchez said on Monday morning that the new regional government in Catalonia has the "legitimacy to govern within the framework of the Constitution", but that it may not "impose ... (Read full story).

Sánchez Rejects Rajoy Again, Says PSOE Intends To Form "Grand Progressive Coalition" In Spain

NEWS: Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) leader Pedro Sánchez, speaking during a brief press conference after a meeting with Portuguese socialist Prime Minister António Costa, said on Thursday afternoon that "If the Popular Party fa... (Read full story).

Rajoy Insists PP To Try To Form A Government, Would Want To Be Candidate At New Elections

NEWS: "The PP won the general election again in Spain on December 20 and so will try to form a government", Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said during a press conference on Tuesday morning, cycling through the election sta... (Read full story).

No To Rajoy, Wriggle Room In The Centre And On The Left

EDITORIAL: No, no, no. Not Rajoy. That is the position of all three leading opposition parties nine days after the general election, as Spain prepares for the New Year. "Ciudadanos is not going to support the appointment of Mariano R... (Read full story).

All Three Leading Opposition Parties Reject Rajoy, Ciudadanos Might Allow PSOE-Podemos Govt

NEWS: Ciudadanos joined the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) and Podemos on Monday in rejecting any notion of supporting the re-appointment of Mariano Rajoy as Prime Minister of Spain. During a press conference following a meet... (Read full story).

Pablo Iglesias Rejects Rajoy Government, Says Podemos To Table Social Emergencies Bill

NEWS: At a press conference in Moncloa following a meeting with Mariano Rajoy, whom Mr. Iglesias repeatedly described as "the PP's candidate"—not 'the Prime Minister—the Podemos leader confirmed, as had been expected, that his p... (Read full story).

King Felipe Delivers Post-Election Christmas Speech And Calls For Unity Among Spaniards

NEWS: Felipe VI delivered his second Christmas speech on Thursday evening, four days after Spaniards went to the polls in the general election. The Spanish Constitution awards the King a crucial roll in inviting someone to at... (Read full story).

Sánchez Says PSOE Will Vote Against Rajoy And PP, Wants Speaker's Position In Congress

NEWS: Socialist Party leader Pedro Sánchez met Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy in Moncloa, the Spanish Prime Minister's office on Wednesday morning and said in a press conference from PSOE party headquarters in Madrid shortly... (Read full story).

Rajoy Ready To Offer PSOE Speakers Positions, Constitutional Reform, El País Reports

NEWS: Mariano Rajoy is ready to offer the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) a series of far-reaching political, constitutional and economic reforms, El País [reported][1] on Tuesday night, citing unnamed "government and PP sources ... (Read full story).

Rajoy To Begin Talks To Form Stable Government, Says PP Will Hold Leadership Conference

NEWS: Mariano Rajoy said during a press conference on Monday evening that the PP would begin talks with other parties in order to form a "stable" government that could offer "certainty" to Spain's foreign partners, Spanish citiz... (Read full story).

Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) To Vote Against PP, Spokesman Says

NEWS: The leadership committee of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) decided on Monday morning that it would vote against allowing Mariano Rajoy and the Popular Party to form a government, spokesman César Luena said during a pre... (Read full story).

A Giant Spanish Election Hangover

EDITORIAL: "A fiesta of democracy", numerous party leaders called it on Sunday as the general election took place, and Spaniards had a blast. A veritable democratic free-for-all. The Popular Party lost 3.7 million votes; the Spanish ... (Read full story).

Popular Party Holds On To Reduced Majority In The Spanish Senate

NEWS: Despite losing 63 seats in the Spanish Congress, the Popular Party held on to a strong but reduced majority in the Spanish Senate at the general election. - The Popular Party (PP) lost 15 seats; - The Spanish Socialist... (Read full story).

PP Wins Most Votes But Loses 63 Seats, Rajoy Says He Will Try To Form A Government

NEWS: Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría said at 10:48 p.m. Spanish time that "the Popular Party has won this general election". With 99.6% of the vote counted: - Mariano Rajoy and the Popular Party (PP) lose... (Read full story).

Two Exit Polls Suggest Popular Party Has Won Spanish General Election

NEWS: Two exit polls on Sunday night—a giant 177,000 TNS Demoscopia poll for state broadcaster TVE and another one by GAD 3 for Antena 3— suggested the Popular Party had won Spain's 2015 general election, followed by the Spanish... (Read full story).

This Is How Spain's Electoral System Works

THE BIG PICTURE: 36.5 million Spaniards are called upon to cast a ballot in Sunday's 2015 general election, but the system to elect MPs to the Spanish Congress—and in turn to produce the next government—does not work in the same way as it ... (Read full story).

Spanish General Election 2015 (Election Day)

LIVE BLOG: The big day has arrived. Sunday, December 20. Spain's 12th general election since the death of Franco in 1975. 36.5 million voters are called upon to cast a ballot between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. tonight. Live blog pages are fre... (Read full story).

Spanish General Election 2015: Logistics & Timings

DATA: The Spanish Home Office e-mailed its official 2015 Spanish general election guide at lunchtime. Here are the most important details. - Sunday´s general election is Spain's twelfth since 1977. - The general election cam... (Read full story).

Spanish General Election Results & Reactions

BRIEFING: REPORTING: events/facts/data + description + states + smell/taste/touch/sound/sights + intensity + original + no waaaay + locations + timings + resources + Spaniards CONTEXT: significance, environment, surroundings, (... (Read full story).

The Choice Spain Is About To Make

EDITORIAL: It has been a long, long political year in Spain. Tomorrow will be Spain's pre-electoral "day of reflection" and on Sunday Spaniards will vote in the fifth major ballot of 2015, their general election, the twelfth in the m... (Read full story).

Reactions To 2015 Spanish General Election Results

REACTIONS: REPORTING: events/facts/data + description + states + smell/taste/touch/sound/sights + intensity + original + no waaaay + locations + timings + resources + Spaniards CONTEXT: significance, environment, surroundings, (infr... (Read full story).

Spanish General Election (December 17)

LIVE BLOG: Welcome back to The Spain Report's rolling coverage of the Spanish general election, which will take place on Sunday, December 20. 3 days to go. Live blog pages are free to view and refresh. - Rajoy says he is fine this... (Read full story).

A Violent Attack On The Prime Minister

EDITORIAL: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was verbally thumped by PSOE leader Pedro Sánchez during Monday night's two-way TV debate but he was actually hit—and very hard—in the face by a 17 year old youth in the Galician town o... (Read full story).

17 Year Old Who Punched Mariano Rajoy Tweeted He Wanted To Attack PP Headquarters

NEWS: The 17 year old youth who [punched][2] Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in the head on Wednesday evening in Pontevedra (Galicia) tweeted 12 months ago that he wanted to attack Popular Party headquarters. Writing wit... (Read full story).

Rajoy Assaulted During Election Walkabout In Galicia

NEWS: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was assaulted during an election walkabout in Pontevedra (Galicia), a spokesman for Popular Party headquarters in Madrid confirmed to The Spain Report. Mr. Rajoy has not suffered ser... (Read full story).

Spanish General Election (December 16)

LIVE BLOG: Welcome back to The Spain Report's rolling coverage of the Spanish general election, which will take place on Sunday, December 20. 5 days to go. Live blog pages are free to view and refresh. - A tired Rajoy feigns ignor... (Read full story).

Supreme Court Orders Post Office To Send 900,000 Vox Campaign Leaflets "With Maximum Urgency"

NEWS: Spain's Supreme Court ordered the Spanish Post Office (Correos) to send out 900,000 campaign leaflets from minority party Vox on Tuesday that it had previously withheld on the grounds that the party had used a Spanish flag... (Read full story).

Spanish General Election (December 15)

LIVE BLOG: Welcome back to The Spain Report's rolling coverage of the Spanish general election, which will take place on Sunday, December 20. 6 days to go. Live blog pages are free to view and refresh. - [Supreme Court Orders Post... (Read full story).

Sánchez Thumps A Shocked Rajoy In Election Slugfest

EDITORIAL: An aggressive, dominant Pedro Sánchez mentioned Bárcenas almost as soon as the debate had begun and hardly let up for the next two hours. Bárcenas, slap, Bárcenas, boom, Luis Bárcenas, 'B' for Bárcenas, bang, bang, bang. Y... (Read full story).

If No Party Wins An Overall Majority, King Felipe Will Have To Make A Choice

THE BIG PICTURE: Zarzuela: "no se hacen suposiciones antes de las elecciones. Si fuera el caso, se decidiría algo después". http://elpais.com/diario/1993/05/26/opinion/738367206_850215.html Article 62: http://www.congreso.es/consti/... (Read full story).

Spanish General Election (December 14)

LIVE BLOG: Welcome back to The Spain Report's rolling coverage of the Spanish general election, which will take place on Sunday, December 20. 6 days to go. Live blog pages are free to view and refresh. - Final poll numbers suggest... (Read full story).

Final Spain General Election Polls Suggest PP > PSOE > Ciudadanos > Podemos

NEWS: The final polls before Spain's general election on Sunday were published on Monday morning and generally suggested a clear victory for Mariano Rajoy but with no overall majority, followed by the Spanish Socialist Party (PS... (Read full story).

Rajoy's Lies & Spain's Benghazi

EDITORIAL: Perhaps it was because he had spent so long pretending former Popular Party treasurer Luis Bárcenas didn't exist, even refusing for many months to name him in public, always replying with "that man you are referring to"; p... (Read full story).

Spanish General Election (December 9)

LIVE BLOG: Welcome back to The Spain Report's rolling coverage of the Spanish general election, which will take place on Sunday, December 20. 11 days to go. Live blog pages are free to view and refresh. - 9.2 million people saw th... (Read full story).

Spanish General Election Live Blog (December 7)

LIVE BLOG: Welcome back to The Spain Report's rolling coverage of the Spanish general election, which will take place on Sunday, December 20. 13 days to go. Live blog pages are free to view and refresh. - Some Spanish candidates h... (Read full story).

Avoiding France And Voters On Fighting The Islamic State

EDITORIAL: Very early on Thursday morning, or very late on Wednesday night, British Tornado fighter-bombers took off from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus to attack the Islamic State in Syria, just hours after the end of a historic debate in t... (Read full story).

TV Show Sneaks On Minister's Husband To Take Part In Audience Questions For Rajoy

NEWS: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, long criticised for his evasive, vacuous answers to Spanish journalists' questions and his use of plasma TV screens to give press conferences, appeared on La Sexta Noche, one of Spain'... (Read full story).

Spanish General Election Live Blog (December 5)

LIVE BLOG: Welcome back to The Spain Report's rolling coverage of the Spanish general election, which will take place on Sunday, December 20. 16 days to go. Live blog pages are free to view and refresh. - **EDITORIAL:** [The First... (Read full story).

The First Female Prime Minister Of Spain?

EDITORIAL: Spain's 2015 general election campaign got underway at midnight on Friday, announcing the last few weeks of a roller-coaster political year that has already seen four major elections (Andalusia in March, local and regional... (Read full story).

Spanish General Election (December 4)

LIVE BLOG: Welcome back to The Spain Report's rolling coverage of the Spanish general election, which will take place on Sunday, December 20. 16 days to go. Live blog pages are free to view and refresh. - **EDITORIAL:** [The First... (Read full story).

Spanish General Election (December 3)

LIVE BLOG: Welcome back to The Spain Report's rolling coverage of the Spanish general election, which will take place on Sunday, December 20. 17 days to go. Live blog pages are free to view and refresh. - Rajoy won with his Teleci... (Read full story).

Spanish General Election (December 2)

LIVE BLOG: Welcome back to The Spain Report's rolling coverage of the Spanish general election, which will take place on Sunday, December 20. You can also catch up with all of the latest articles and updates on our [Spanish General E... (Read full story).

Spanish General Election (November 30)

LIVE BLOG: Welcome to the first day of live blogging for Spain's general election, which will take place on Sunday, December 20. We will publish a new live blog each day for you in the run up to the election, with all of the latest p... (Read full story).

Daily Spain Briefing: November 21, 2015

BRIEFING: **UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2249:** was passed unanimously on Friday night and stated the world's intention to do away with the Islamic State, IS, ISIS, ISIL, DAESH or, as the BBC's Andrew Neil put it, the Islamist Sc... (Read full story).

Popular Party Suffers Black Wednesday As Ministers Rage And Senior Leaders Stand Down

NEWS: Cristóbal Montoro, Spain's Finance Minister, gave a bombshell interview [to El Mundo][3] on Wednesday, firing salvoes at former Popular Party Prime Minister José María Aznar—still honorary chairman of the party—at Foreign ... (Read full story).

A Christmas General Election In Spain

EDITORIAL: Mariano Rajoy has spoken. Spain's 2015 general election will be held on December 20, he said during a softball prime time TV interview on Antena 3. As late as Thursday, knowledgable national political correspondents were q... (Read full story).

Rajoy Says Spanish General Election Will Be Held On December 20

NEWS: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said during a prime time TV interview on Antena 3 on Thursday night that the Spanish general election would take place on December 20. Mr. Rajoy also said he would back the suspensio... (Read full story).

From Catalonia To Spain's General Election

EDITORIAL: "The Catalan election results cannot be extrapolated to the general election", said Popular Party Secretary General María Dolores de Cospedal: "because they never have been", hours after every Spaniard and his dog began po... (Read full story).

Pablo Iglesias Says Podemos Out To Win Election, Corbyn "Very Important" For UK Labour Party Race

NEWS: Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias held a press conference on Monday to mark the end of the summer holidays, as Podemos supporters launched a campaign to make #PabloIglesiasToMoncloa the top trending topic on Spanish Twitter, i... (Read full story).

Popular Party Would Be Big Winner Of Popular Party Electoral Reform Proposals, El Mundo Reports

NEWS: The big winner of the fast-track electoral reform being proposed by Mariano Rajoy's Popular Party would be Mariano Rajoy's Popular Party, El Mundo <a href="http://www.elmundo.es/grafico/espana/2015/07/28/55b6919622601d4848... (Read full story).

UPyD Elects Andrés Herzog As New Leader

NEWS: Members of Union, Progress &amp; Democracy elected Andrés Herzog as their new leader in a ballot at the party's leadership council in Madrid on Saturday. Mr. Herzog received 43% of the vote (802 ballots), Irene Lozano 3... (Read full story).

Rajoy Announces Minor Changes To PP Leadership Structure, Names Jorge Moragas Campaign Chief

NEWS: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy did not announce a much expected cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, instead announcing a series of minor changes to the Popular Party’s leadership structure for the upcoming general electio... (Read full story).

First Metroscopia Poll Following Local Elections Suggests Sharp Drop In Support For Ciudadanos

NEWS: El País published its first Metroscopia poll on Sunday following the local and regional elections on May 24, as Spanish journalists debated the relevance of the survey—one of the two major national polling references—given... (Read full story).

Popular Party Punished, Confusing Coalitions Coming

EDITORIAL: The Popular Party (PP) lost a lot of political power in the local and regional elections on Sunday night in Spain, compared to 2011: 2.4 million votes and 3,757 councillors in the local elections, 128 seats in the differen... (Read full story).

United Left MP Denounces Letter Threatening New Coup In Spain If Podemos Government Elected

NEWS: United Left (IU) MP Alberto Garzón tweeted on Thursday that he had received a threatening letter “from one of the supposed 23-F coup leaders”, in reference to the February 23 coup attempt in 1981 during which the Spanish g... (Read full story).

PSOE Wins In Andalusia, Podemos Could Win Spain

EDITORIAL: After 33 years of Socialist Party government in Andalusia, with a 34% unemployment rate and with three former PSOE First Ministers about to testify as suspects in a billion euro fraud case, voters in the southern Spanish r... (Read full story).

Investor Risk In Spain In 2015 All About Political Instability, Says Ureta, Chairman Of Renta 4

INTERVIEW: <strong>What is the global factor that is most affecting the economic situation right now?</strong> From a positive point of view, the two factors that are most affecting things are the whole process of digital society ... (Read full story).

Spain’s Four-Way Flight Towards Uncertainty

EDITORIAL: Two-and-a-half months into the country’s quintuple election year, with two weeks to go until the early regional elections in Andalusia—the first real big test of where the country is headed—politics in Spain is now split f... (Read full story).

New Metroscopia Poll Splits National Vote In Spain Four Ways Leaving No Party Near Governing Majority

NEWS: The March Metroscopia poll for El País, published on Sunday, shows support for Podemos has stabilised above twenty percent. It fell from 27.7% of the estimated vote in February to 22.5% this month, but Pablo Iglesia’s part... (Read full story).

Another 3 Million Jobs, Mr. Rajoy?

EDITORIAL: 3 million jobs. 1, 2, 3 million new paid positions for unemployed Spaniards, promises the Prime Minister; “in the next parliament”. His Economy and Finance Ministers have backed him up this week. It’s not quite exactly the... (Read full story).

Spain Responds To Greek Ingratitude

EDITORIAL: Fresh from his heated partisan entanglement with Mr. Zapatero over the former prime minister’s visit to Cuba to meet Castro, Spain’s Foreign Minister this morning mused that: “When one forms part of the European Union, sov... (Read full story).

Rajoy Blasts Irresponsibility Of Radical Left In Greece In Response To Syriza Leader’s Attack On Spain

NEWS: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy today responded in kind to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who on Saturday launched a tirade against a Spanish and Portuguese conspiracy during the Eurogroup talks last week over G... (Read full story).

A Huge Purple Bet On The Future State Of Spain

EDITORIAL: Spain is a big place, with a trillion euro economy, 46.5 million people. It’s not the United States or Russia or Australia, but compared to the size of one person and how long it takes him or her to get around, it’s big. M... (Read full story).

Tick, Tock…But For Whom Does The Bell Toll?

EDITORIAL: Perhaps Pablo Iglesias really was remembering Hugo Chávez’s use of the expectant explosive metaphor, or maybe he was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s famous Spanish Civil War novel, in which the hero sets out with a bunch of... (Read full story).

New Metroscopia Poll Confirms Podemos Lead And Collapse In Support For Spanish Socialist Party

NEWS: February’s Metroscopia poll for El País, published on Sunday, awards Podemos first place in Spanish politics for the third time in four months, and the second month in a row, although with a slightly lower percentage of th... (Read full story).

New Metroscopia Poll Confirms Podemos Lead And Collapse In Support For Spanish Socialist Party

NEWS: February’s Metroscopia poll for El País, published on Sunday, awards Podemos first place in Spanish politics for the third time in four months, and the second month in a row, although with a slightly lower percentage of th... (Read full story).
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