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I have the feeling that this will lead to the PP gaining seats, because there's either abstention or a switch to the IU.

But, the irony is that the flashpoint in Madrid is going to ignite because Aguirre and the PP suffer from delusional paranoia.

Ironic.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Wed May 18th, 2011 at 06:55:00 PM EST
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This is the start of a long 2012 election campaign.

Sunday there are local and regional elections in which the PSOE will be routed. The PP will ask for early elections but there's no need.

Immediately after the elections the PSOE will have a primary to select ZP's successor. The candidates are expected to be Rubalcaba and Chacón.

Some time in the month of June I have predicted "the markets" will "attack" Spain's bonds.

Throughout this whole process I expect the protest movement to continue.

Elections are scheduled for March next year. ZP has said he has no intention to bring the election forward.

Economics is politics by other means

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed May 18th, 2011 at 07:04:22 PM EST
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ZP has said he has no intention to bring the election forward.

Let us hope that he is able to follow through on his intention. Given the existing direction of economic trends and the resulting pressure on the population, by trying to maximize his tenure, ZP may just succeed in providing the time and circumstances for a successor party dedicated to actually solving the problem to emerge. A lot of education needs to occur between now and then.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed May 18th, 2011 at 10:28:17 PM EST
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