What future for Spain’s PSOE?

Posted on 16. December 2016 by Germán Jiménez Montes

german-jimenez-montesThe Greek tragedy of European social democracy turned into a soap opera last October, after the Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party’s (PSOE) leader, Pedro Sánchez, was forced to resign. The offensive was led by former socialist Prime Minister Felipe González, when he declared in Spain’s most popular morning show that he felt fooled by Sánchez. He argued that in the days following Spain’s June election Sánchez had privately assured him that he was going to respect the wishes of many in the PSOE by dropping his objection to allowing Mariano Rajoy, the leader of the conservative Partido Popular (PP), to form a minority government. Despite this promise, Sánchez refused to give in to the pressure, saying he would do nothing to facilitate the formation of a government led by such a corrupt party as the PP.

20 December – 26 June: the Spanish journey towards political plurality…and the end of PSOE?

20. June 2016 by Germán Jiménez Montes

Germán Jiménez Montes20 December was indeed a turning point for modern Spanish parliamentarianism, when the journey towards the break with bipartisanism started. Time was then naturally needed to build a new balance of power in a far more pluralist parliament. Thus, the electoral processes of December and June can both be understood as being part of the same voting campaign that is meant to last approximately seven months and whose aftermath has been unavoidable from the beginning: a government coalition. The question is which one.

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20th December: A turning point in Spanish modern democracy?

15. December 2015 by Germán Jiménez Montes

Germán Jiménez MontesThe constitutional monarchy, which was built after Franco’s death in 1975, was consolidated thanks to the alternation in governments led by the social democratic Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE) or the conservative Partido Popular (PP). However, the sudden rise of two non-parliamentary parties, Podemos and Ciudadanos, is threatening this incontestable dominance of the two major Spanish parties. The breakdown of this political status-quo will be one of the main consequences of the never-ending 2007 crisis; and the next parliamentary elections on 20 December will mark the beginning of a new era in Spanish democracy. A Second Transition?

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The winds of change are blowing in Spain

Posted on 22. May 2015 by Marta Remacha Recio Next Sunday, on 24 May, Spain will hold its municipal and regional elections to elect the members of all the city councils and of 13 of the 17 regional councils. Although local elections are normally seen as less important than national ones, we, Spanish citizens, are excited about … Continue reading The winds of change are blowing in Spain

Citizens of the world, companies of the world

Posted on 06. June 2014 by Laura Virué Escalera In the RondaForum event about education and entrepreneurship, I was involved in an informal debate reflecting on whether, despite belonging to a generation that has to deal with a difficult situation due to the financial crisis and a consequent sense of failure and neglect – a generation … Continue reading Citizens of the world, companies of the world