Sánchez’s hunger for power is exacting a toll on all Spanish citizens, who witness daily the subjugation of democratic institutions, political rights, and economic productivity to the personal ambitions of an autocratic prime minister.
Voters want the government to focus on reducing the cost of living, keeping a lid on the wage-price spiral, and, because of the war, national security.
The PSOE hoped to reunite the Left. Instead, rising tensions have fuelled extreme parties.
There may be greater willingness by Brussels to negotiate following populist successes in the European elections.
The Partido Popular shifted far enough from the centre to lose votes on its left, while legitimising a competitor to its right.
Conservative MPs should not sit idly by as their party’s ratings sink to the mid-30s and below. There’s reason to think the change isn’t temporary.
Pedro Sánchez’s quest for a ‘solution’ is doomed – there is no combination of concessions which would either satiate or weaken the nationalists.
The Spanish Prime Minister’s tin-eared reaction to police violence served to heighten, not dampen down, tensions.
In neither case was mass murder by followed by a strengthening of a government’s position: there was no electoral Security Bonus.
There is a concerted effort this morning to suggest that it is business as usual. This isn’t good enough. Voters deserve a sober examination of the choices.