The Guardian: Spain’s first coalition government since the 1930s is preparing for office following a tumultuous and extraordinarily bad-tempered week of political argument that presages a fraught legislature.
The country’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, has spent the last few days putting together a cabinet made up of ministers from his own Spanish Socialist Workers’ party and its new partners, the far-left, anti-austerity Unidas Podemos alliance. Sánchez secured the backing of congress to form his new government by the narrowest of margins last Tuesday, winning 167 votes to 165, with 18 abstentions.
And the path to victory was neither easy nor polite. The two investiture debates began with the leader of the conservative People’s party (PP) calling Sánchez a sociopath.
It was at least in keeping with the epithets Pablo Casado has hurled at Sánchez in the past, which include traitor, squatter, villain, catastrophe, hostage and compulsive liar.
Casado warmed to his theme still further on Tuesday, when he accused the Socialist leader of being an egotistical “extremist” who had left the country’s future in the hands of “terrorists and coupmongers” from Catalonia and the Basque country.