Two days ago, the King of Spain Felipe VI ended the briefest ever parliamentary term of our recent Democracy. The Monarch closed these last four months of negotiations, agreements and disagreements; break covenants and debates; the endless meetings and press conferences. The King´s House reported through an official statement that “there is not a candidate who has the support enough to form a cabinet.” This fact is a historical and unprecedented failure of the political parties in the nearly 50 years of democracy. Also the beginning of a new electoral circus which many describe as the ´second round´: the coming elections on June 26th.
These former negotiations to reach an agreement confirmed the fact that politics in Spain has become a play-acting. The inability to reach agreements was visualized in a very expressive way and specially within the left. Our politicians who all boast about they have read “Don Quixote de la Mancha” the universally known novel of Miguel de Cervantes, they have proven false, they have not read it. “Don Quixote” is about true dialogue, friendship, real acceptance of others. Miguel de Cervantes was the son of convert Jewish in a Spain in which the importance of bloodline was the key to thrive; he knew the importance of each other´s acceptance as a key for peace and coexistence.
The talk of peace and dialogue in Spain has been cynical lately: Zapatero, former Prime Minister, inserted it in our political life. There is only a fake willingness to dialogue, which has led to our recent political failure and the start of an immediate new election campaign full of stories and accusations. PP blames PSOE, and PSOE like Ciudadanos, to Podemos and PP.
Just the King raised the general applause for his neutrality and professionalism in the performance of his duties: A perfectly achieved arbitration function, far away from the militant mediation or sponsorship agreements… Felipe VI made only two recommendations to the concurrent political groups: the call to an austere and positive campaign, which would prevent to the citizens from more battered government accounts’ spending on and even more political confrontation.
For the sake of the country’s future, a great coalition between the two main parties PP and PSOE, as the German style “Grosse Koalition” would be the more reasonable. Will our political leaders able to pull it off?