• Socialists say Podemos held to account if ‘veto’ enables PP return to power •
Spain’s Socialist party (PSOE) remains hopeful that its emphasis on seeking common ground on progressive policies will convince allies of anti-austerity party Podemos to join a PSOE-led coalition government, despite last week’s veto by Podemos of participation in any talks as long as PSOE continues to negotiate with centre-right party Ciudadanos.
Both the Valencian regional party Compromís and the former Communist party Izquierda Unida (United Left) have said they will continue working with PSOE toward reaching a common policy program, as negotiations with both parties and with Ciudadanos are set to begin on Monday.
PSOE’s Organization Secretary César Luena said over the weekend that party leader Pedro Sánchez will continue to encourage Podemos to join the negotiating process and that if Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias refuses to do so, the PSOE will hold Podemos accountable for risking the return to power of the conservative Popular Party (PP).
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