So a grand-left-wing coalition looks set to govern Spain after the general election ended in stalemate last month. The grouping will bring together the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) the anti-austerity movement, Podemos, and the United Left, who are communist. The socialist leader, Pedro Sanchez, looks set to lead the government with Podemos leader, Pablo Iglesias as deputy prime minister. The centre-right Partido Popular, which won the election, will pay the price for not securing a majority and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who is “acting” prime minister at the moment will be ejected from office. But this broad-based coalition faces many hurdles: Podemos, a party which was born out of the anti-eviction movement during the recession, will have a key role which could easily “spook” foreign investors away. Podemos also wants to give the people of Catalonia a referendum on independence, a policy which the Spanish Socialists oppose. I still maintain that for the good of Spain the most sensible solution to end the political stalemate would be to call new elections. Recent opinion polls suggest that the Spanish people do not want another election but faced with a coalition government which looks very shaky (and it still hasn´t actually been formed), I still believe that it is the best solution. All countries need strong government and what is on offer at the moment is not strong government. Spain should think again.

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sean dobson / Hace over 2 years

Since both the PP and PSOE are mired in corruption,what exactly do you think would make more people vote for one of those parties.? As Sara rightly says,only Podemos would probably garner more votes but probably nowhere near enough to form a majority government so an uneasy coalition is the way it will be until that coalition collapses,which is probably inevitable.

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Sara / Hace over 2 years

So you think new elections are the 'most sensible' solution? Really? And what exactly is likely to change from the current situation? A few more votes for the PP maybe, to the detriment of Ciudadanos, and possibly Podemos getting more votes than PSOE a second time round, but still no clear majority for any party. And worst of all another €130 million of public funds down the drain whiich is what the last elections cost. The parties have a moral responsibility to come to some kind of coalition agreement instead of the current games of chess they seem to be playing..

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