Formation of Spanish government following general election in April 2019

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Reports and analyses of the process of government formation in Spain, following an inconclusive general election on 28 April 2019 from which none of the competing political parties managed to acquire a parliamentary majority.

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Spain's centre-left Socialists (PSOE) - the winners of the election and yet short of a majority - engaged in talks with the main political parties in the country as it sought to understand the best way forward in terms of parliamentary support to the future cabinet. Media reports suggested the party would attempt at governing without a formal coalition, but commentators still noted the Socialists would be likely to require some degree of support from the leftist Podemos party and/or from the centre-right Ciudadanos party.

The issue regarding Catalonia and the best way to engage in talks with those demanding independence of the region is a major sticking point in any negotiations.

On 6 June - following consultations with the main political parties - King Felipe VI indicated PSOE leader Pedro Sánchez as the most likely contender to form government. Mr Sánchez announced meetings with Ciudadanos, People's Party (PP) and Podemos. Despite lengthy negotiations with the latter, the two sides were not able to find an agreement which could support the cabinet. Analysts suggested the prospects of yet another parliamentary election had increased. A confirmation vote in Parliament for a proposed government was scheduled to be held on 23 July in any scenario.

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Commentary and Analysis
openDemocracy: Can Europe Make It?, 07/05/2019: Saviours of the nation? – on the breakthrough of the radical populist right in Spain https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/can-europe-make-it/saviours-of-the-nation-on-the-breakthrough-of-the-radical-populist-right-in-spain/
Social Europe, 08/05/2019: Polarisation, fragmentation — the challenge after the elections in Spain https://www.socialeurope.eu/the-elections-in-spain
Politico, 09/05/2019: Spain’s post-election puzzle https://www.politico.eu/article/spain-sanchez-election/
Politico, 07/06/2019: Spain’s Sánchez waiting game https://www.politico.eu/article/spain-pedro-sanchez-elections-coalition-negotiations-waiting-game/
Foreign Policy, 16/07/2019: Here’s How to Finally Solve Spain’s Governmental Standstill https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/07/16/heres-how-to-finally-solve-spains-governmental-standstill/

News
Reuters, 29/04/2019: Spain's Sanchez weighs options after election win, outlook murky https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN1S50OC
Euronews, 08/05/2019: Sanchez meets with opposition leaders as coalition talks get underway in Spain https://www.euronews.com/2019/05/08/sanchez-meets-with-opposition-leaders-as-coalition-talks-get-underway-in-spain
El País, 08/05/2019: Post-election Spain: “Agreeing to agree” is the only certainty so far https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/05/08/inenglish/1557300125_683203.html
El País, 09/05/2019: Spain’s acting PM and opposition leader agree to open talks on Catalan crisis https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/05/07/inenglish/1557216933_351465.html
The Guardian, 06/06/2019: Spanish king asks Socialists to form new government https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/06/spanish-king-asks-socialists-to-form-new-government
France24, 06/06/2019: Spanish king tasks Sanchez to form new government https://www.france24.com/en/20190606-spanish-king-tasks-sanchez-form-new-government
Reuters, 06/06/2019: Spain's Sanchez says he will seek confirmation vote as PM, asks for wide support https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN1T72NI
El País, 07/06/2019: After long wait, Spanish PM is ready for talks to form new government https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/06/07/inenglish/1559891314_393684.html
The Local (Spain), 02/07/2019: Spain could have a government by July 23rd (or face new elections) https://www.thelocal.es/20190702/spain-could-have-a-government-by-july-23rd-or-face-new-elections-in-november
Reuters, 02/07/2019: Ready or not, Spain's Sanchez to face July 23 confirmation vote for PM https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN1TX11S
Euronews, 09/07/2019: Spain's Socialists won't form government if they lose investiture votes https://www.euronews.com/2019/07/09/spain-s-socialists-won-t-form-government-if-they-lose-investiture-votes
El País, 10/07/2019: In Spain, political gridlock increases likelihood of fresh elections – again https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/07/09/inenglish/1562685123_273818.html
Reuters, 11/07/2019: Spain's Sanchez says no new election planned despite government impasse https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN1U60Y1
El País, 12/07/2019: Spain’s acting PM wants constitutional change to prevent new stalemates https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/07/11/inenglish/1562859165_143284.html
Deutsche Welle, 15/07/2019: PM Sanchez says talks with far left have failed https://p.dw.com/p/3M5ty
Bloomberg, 15/07/2019: Spain Risks Repeat Election as Podemos Holds Sanchez Hostage https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-15/spain-risks-another-repeat-election-as-podemos-blocks-sanchez
Reuters, 15/07/2019: Spain PM's talk of breakdown raises concern of repeat election https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN1UA1YH
El País, 15/07/2019: Acting Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez says deal with Podemos is dead in water https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/07/15/inenglish/1563184342_660104.html

ESO Records
Spanish general election, 28 April 2019 https://www.europeansources.info/record/spanish-general-election-28-april-2019/

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