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The main political parties in Spain are under pressure to keep their election budgets low. In other words they have been told not to overspend on their publicity budgets. So there will be a low-key election campaign in Spain ahead of the poll next month.

This makes no sense to me at all. The main political parties need to campaign exceptionally hard if the deadlock of the last general election is to be broken. If no party wins an overall majority again next month and there is no possibility of a coalition then we will be back to square one. Spain obviously needs a government. So the centre-right Partido Popular and Ciudadanos and the left-wing PSOE and Podemos need to make their points and get as many votes as possible. I suspect that there will be an increase in support for the Partido Popular as the Spanish economy continues to recover. But they will not gain an overall majority. Political commentators still say that a pact between Ciudadanos and the Partido Popular is likely but both parties have to poll far more votes. The two parties combined at the last general election was not enough to form coalition.

So the pressure is on. If Spain wants a stable government then the political parties must work long and hard to get their message across and get as many people to the ballot box. The political uncertainty is already denting investment in Spain. Spain needs a government at the next election to end the stalemate.