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Nathan Sachar: Risk of deadlock after the election

on the Saturday before the valsöndagen is, according to the Spanish custom of ”reflektionens day”, when voters are given the opportunity, without distractions, to collect my thoughts and ponder their options. The bombardment of messages, promises, and mutual accusations cease and the politicians and the political parties slamming the store in 48 hours.

But in the total media time is complete mediefrid a utopia. Measurements and opinion polls is banned in Spain – but not in the tiny principality of Andorra on the border between Spain and France, in whose newspapers the curious can take advantage of the latest vindkantringarna in this svårtippade choice.

The big Barcelonatidningen El Periodico, which owns the largest newspaper in the principality of Andorra, cannot publish their own or other Spanish opinion polls, but it can quote the words of El Periodic d’Andorra measurements. According to what is published where have left Podemos, which dropped precariously during the past year, stepped up and won back some of the voters it had lost to prime minister Pedro Sánchez socialistparti PSOE.

explanations for the trend. Secondly, the party leader Pablo Iglesias's successful appearance in the great tv debate last Tuesday, and, secondly, the publicity around the Vox, the new right-wing party. The fear of the Vox get voters to migrate to the left, from the socialists to the Podemos, and vänstersympatisörer who decided to express their dissatisfaction with the internal fracas in the Podemos by staying at home thinking about.

Overall, the stand out trend from the recent major measurements. The left block, with the help of the basque nationalists, has little better prospects than högerblocket to form the government, but most of it points to a prolonged stalemate of the kind in the country went through almost the whole of 2016. After the elections in december 2015 managed to not only right-wing Mariano Rajoy, to form a government. In June 2016 held new elections to break the deadlock, but with the same result. In november 2016 let the socialists, Which form a minority government – which fell in may of last year.

another front where the election campaign is in progress, after all, is the newspapers. In addition to the local press, Spain has still six major printed newspapers that are read throughout the country and four that only comes out digitally.

the Country's largest newspaper, El País, which was founded shortly after the restoration, was long a close associate of the socialist party PSOE. But in recent years has been the leaf selected, the distance to the party and its lördagsnummer is strikingly neutral.

The venerable högertidningen ABC makes an original stance on its front page: Not a word about the elections in Spain without a horrific image from svältens Venezuela. Built from there the inside of the magazine has the implicit message: beware of socialism!

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