Rajoy leaves Spain in a manageable mess

Economic performance is good, the new socialist prime minister wants to hold on to Rajoy’s budget and the Catalan crisis is not boiling over

3rd June, 2018
Mariano Rajoy: deposed from office last Friday Picture: Getty

Say what you will about Mariano Rajoy, whose ability to govern Spain is over after seven tumultuous years as prime minister, but it’s in large part thanks to him that the country’s political crisis is not really a crisis for anyone but Spanish politicians, and in particular, not for the European Union.

Rajoy, who lost a vote of confidence, and his job, on Friday, has often been accused of unconstructive stubbornness...

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