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Sheltered behind his ministers, or rather on holiday in the Doñana natural park, acting Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez is maintaining his silence with less than a month to go (23rd September) until a new general election would be called in Spain due to his inability to reach agreements with other political parties. "We're waiting for them to call us", insist his natural allies in Podemos, whilst they find no one on the other side of the phone who'll pick up. At the same time as this paralysis, there remains the possibility another general election will take place 10th November, if, before 23rd September, Sánchez hasn't managed to be invested PM by the Congress.

PSOE's strategy still surprises on the back of the situation caused by Mariano Rajoy's government with the suppression of Catalonia's institutions following the 2017 independence referendum and the declaration of independence carried out by the Parliament and which had its corresponding legal outcome with the detention and exile of the pro-independence Catalan leaders and, more recently, the trial over the independence process. Sánchez had no qualms about calling the election on 28th April, in the middle of the trial's hearings, something which wasn't to the liking of the Supreme Court, snatching the role of standard bearer for the unity of Spain from the right. Now, it could be that in a new twist, the sentences in the case could be published during another election campaign. This is, at least, the most likely timetable since, unofficially, the first fortnight of October has been marked out for its release.

As Pedro Sánchez always has his reasons for everything his does and has obviously considered the possibility, we can only conclude he's relying on leading a great pro-union coalition to respond to any initiatives the independence movement might have. Turning the PSOE-PP-Cs alliance into the platform to carry him to a large electoral victory, which leaves Podemos in no man's land and so that Esquerra Repubicana and Junts per Catalunya have no option but to directly oppose Sánchez. As suggested from within PSOE's ranks, an acting prime minister become commander-in-chief of the defence of unity and a means of stability for the Spanish middle class.