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.

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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
Social Europe, 08/05/2019: Polarisation, fragmentation — the challenge after the elections in Spain
Politico, 09/05/2019: Spain’s post-election puzzle

Reuters, 29/04/2019: Spain's Sanchez weighs options after election win, outlook murky
Euronews, 08/05/2019: 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
El País, 09/05/2019: Spain’s acting PM and opposition leader agree to open talks on Catalan crisis

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Spanish general election, 28 April 2019

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