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Ángel Luis Jiménez: ‘The Spanish failure’

Ángel Luis Jiménez

It is evident that Spain lacks a culture of national pacts when compared to other European. An example of this is the failure to come to an agreement on the presidential investiture on Thursday July 25th, and the lack of cooperation among national party leaders (Sánchez, Iglesias, Casado and Rivera).

Too many red lines, and little desire to agree on common programmes, as opposed to what the European political class usually does. In Europe, the cases of Sweden, Denmark and Portugal which have minority governments are a lesson to follow.

The European list is extensive, and it clashes with the special stubbornness and intransigence of the Spanish parties’ within the conservative spectrum: PP, Ciudadanos and Vox.

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Ángel Luis Jiménez

In our country, negotiations are completely unstructured – and done by phone – and they don’t address policies, but only ministries and chairmanships, in a narcissistic struggle for power.

Thus, the negotiations between PSOE and Podemos were doomed to fail from the very beginning, with Pedro Sánchez not willing to take risks and Pablo Iglesias acting – as always – from a place of dogmatic unreason.

The reality is, there has not been an investiture session, only a non-investiture session, since there was no agreement to support it. Distrust, as is usually the case with populist parties, has turned out to be irreparable.

It should not be unusual to hand state ministries over to a government partner party and dozens of pages have been written defining the program with its red lines – Merkel went so far as to hand out Foreign Affairs, Finance, Justice and Labour to the social democrats – but power cannot be given to a partner you don’t trust.

And Pedro Sánchez does not trust Pablo Iglesias, nor does he see enough points of agreement so as to establish a coalition government between them.

Pedro Sánchez probably hopes August will provide a truce, numbing the political debate… and, as of September – as is true for any pending subject – that the urgency and the stress of a new elections, supported by new opinion polls, will solve the arithmetic to allow him govern – hopefully as a head of a majority party. Spain has been paralysed by infantile plans from one or the other for too long.

In terms of Podemos, I would say that there is no better way to be left-wing today than to put an end to this transitory nature, these theatrics we Spaniards have been suffering for the last four years if necessary, even by facilitating an investiture and remaining in opposition.

But, of course, this would imply a vision of the State that is far removed from the reality of Podemos and its naked ambition for power.

The Spanish Failure by Ángel Luis Jiménez

At the end of this failure, I’m left with two questions which people on the street are asking themselves: Why are our PP, Cs and Vox politicians so venomous? And, why can’t our PSOE and Podemos politicians overcome their mutual animosity and contempt?

Because one won’t find this enmity on the streets; we Spaniards don’t hate each other this much, nor are we this irresponsible. Once again, hate as a rebuff, as a challenge, as revenge. Poor country.

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