IT hasn't been a very good month for Spanish Prime Minister Rodriguez Zapatero. He campaigned alongside his ally Gerhard Schroeder in Germany; Schroeder lost and was forced to call a general election. He campaigned alongside Jacques Chirac asking for the Yes vote on the EU constitution and as we all know, Chirac lost. While Spain voted Yes in their referendum on the European Constitution most voters who did so said they weren't too sure what the treaty involved, but they were in favour of Europe. But all of a sudden they are slightly concerned because the French and Dutch both said No and some have been left wondering whether they voted correctly. So it's a bit of a nightmare scenario. And to make matters worse Spain is in quite a complicated situation and for the first time since it joined Europe it could end up having to pay-up because the new members in the east are far poorer than Spain. Zapatero has said that he understands that Spain has to show some solidarity but if the Brussels cash-pipeline stops then the Spanish government will be facing a major shortfall in spending. That is the European agenda but at home he has far more serious problems. Zapatero, a month ago, announced that the Spanish government was willing to hold talks with ETA providing they decommissioned their weapons. He got parliamentary support but the opposition Partido Popular voted against. Over the weekend former Spanish Partido Popular Prime Minister led a massive demonstration calling for the end of ETA. It was a clear broadside against the government's moves to hold talks with the banned terrorist organisation. So Zapatero has much work to do before he goes on holiday next month. At the moment he is facing a real crisis scenario.
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