People participate in a rally on February 10 in Madrid, Spain, called by the People’s Party and Ciudadanos to demand a general election. The rally was organised to protest against talks between Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s government and Catalan pro-independence leaders. Photo: EPA-EFE People participate in a rally on February 10 in Madrid, Spain, called by the People’s Party and Ciudadanos to demand a general election. The rally was organised to protest against talks between Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s government and Catalan pro-independence leaders. Photo: EPA-EFE
People participate in a rally on February 10 in Madrid, Spain, called by the People’s Party and Ciudadanos to demand a general election. The rally was organised to protest against talks between Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s government and Catalan pro-independence leaders. Photo: EPA-EFE
Andrew Hammond
Opinion

Opinion

The View by Andrew Hammond

Brexit apart, Spain’s political uncertainty is a microcosm of the euro zone’s deepening troubles

  • The Spanish prime minister’s call for an early general election is symptomatic of governmental instability and stagnating growth across the euro zone. A no-deal Brexit is not a shock the single currency region could bear easily

People participate in a rally on February 10 in Madrid, Spain, called by the People’s Party and Ciudadanos to demand a general election. The rally was organised to protest against talks between Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s government and Catalan pro-independence leaders. Photo: EPA-EFE People participate in a rally on February 10 in Madrid, Spain, called by the People’s Party and Ciudadanos to demand a general election. The rally was organised to protest against talks between Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s government and Catalan pro-independence leaders. Photo: EPA-EFE
People participate in a rally on February 10 in Madrid, Spain, called by the People’s Party and Ciudadanos to demand a general election. The rally was organised to protest against talks between Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s government and Catalan pro-independence leaders. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Andrew Hammond

Andrew Hammond

Andrew Hammond is an associate at LSE IDEAS (the Centre for International Affairs, Diplomacy and Strategy) at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was formerly a UK goverment special adviser at a time when Britain last held the presidency of the European Union.