The Spanish state’s four leading political parties met with its king on Monday and Tuesday of last week to break the deadlock produced by elections six weeks ago.
Incumbent prime minister Mariano Rajoy’s Tory PP party came first, but struggled to find enough supporters to form a new government.
New arrests of PP figures over corruption allegations made it even more toxic.
New radical left party Podemos offered to join a government with Labour-type PSOE.
But any such coalition would require support from parties that support Catalan independence—something PSOE is against.
Podemos won support by promising radical change.
Joining a government with the PSOE would be a betrayal of those hopes.