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Spain's Political Landscape Alters with Podemos-Sumar Split: A Challenge for Stability

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Safak Costu
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Spain's Political Landscape Alters with Podemos-Sumar Split: A Challenge for Stability

The anticipated split between Spain's left-wing parties, Podemos and Sumar, is no longer a prediction but a stark reality. The fracture, long seen as inevitable due to deep-rooted differences, signals a notable shift in the country's political landscape. From being in a loose alliance, they have transformed into separate entities, charting their own paths.

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Increasing Instability?

The Spanish government, led by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, finds itself teetering on the brink of instability as the unity of its supporting factions crumbles. The executive branch is increasingly challenged to maintain parliamentary support due to the growing heterogeneity of its partners. The Socialist Party's belief that the hardest part was reaching the investiture agreement now seems fraught with uncertainty. The deterrent of a government led by PP and Vox no longer appears to be enough to hold the shaky alliance together.

Divisions Within Allies

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Adding to the complexity is the internal strife within the three pillars supporting the government. The Catalan pillar is fractured due to the clash between ERC and Junts. The Basque pillar is marked by the rivalry between PNV and Bildu. The radical left wing is now divided due to the open conflict between Sumar and Podemos. The socialists, who had managed to pass several projects with the support of these groups in the previous legislature, now face an uphill battle in gaining their support.

Difficult Path Ahead

As the Spanish government grapples with its internal divisions, the road to stability seems increasingly challenging. The task of negotiating with the Catalan independents, who react defensively to agreements, is proving to be a daunting task for the PSOE. The headline 'Sanchez more difficult still' in La Vanguardia on the day Sanchez was invested as president now seems prophetic as the task of governing becomes even more daunting.

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