Monday, August 08, 2011

Leaders of Spain’s Popular party (PP), the rightwing opposition, cannot hide their impatience to run the country again after what they see as the disaster of seven years under José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, the Socialist prime minister.

But the eurozone sovereign debt crisis has now pushed the Spanish economy into such a tight corner that Mariano Rajoy, the PP leader, knows that even if he wins the November 20 election as expected, he will probably have to enforce much of the same unpopular policies as those implemented by Mr Zapatero.