Spain's top candidates compete against each other in two TV debates on consecutive days. In the first round you are still polite – in the second half, the allegations range from ghostwriting to cooperation with nationalists.
So far, the Spaniards knew this only from football: There is a return and a return match. Now there was a round-trip and a second round in the major television debate of the leading candidates before the parliamentary elections next Sunday. On two consecutive days: On Monday evening, Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez was joined by conservative top man Pablo Casado, head of the right-wing liberal civic party (Ciudadanos), Albert Rivera, and neo-Marxist high school teacher Pablo Iglesias, head of the left-wing alliance Unidas Podemos , vigorously under fire. The host was the state television channel RTVE. On Tuesday evening, the men's round met in the same cast in a studio of the private broadcaster Atresmedia.
In the first round, the candidates were almost constantly anxious to present themselves as prudent and statesmanlike. In the second half of the season, they went all the more spirited to the cause, and did not shrink from personal attacks on the brink of insult. The two moderators let her. On Monday, the three representatives of the opposition had brought the premier several times in dire straits, so on Tuesday was the motto: "Everyone against everyone!"
The ditch between the left and the right camp is deep. But on Tuesday, they also dealt heavy beatings within the two camps. About 40 percent of the Spaniards were still undecided before the two debates, so there was a lot to win.
The Socialists of Sánchez could only co-opt with Podemos. Their candidate Iglesias does not simply want to be a junior partner of Sánchez, but this is precisely what the polls say: the traditional Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) can count on about 30 percent of the vote, Podemos only half as many. On the other hand, in the right camp, it is far from clear who will be in front at the end. It is only clear that the Conservative People's Party (PP) and Ciudadanos are dependent on each other: In the polls, the PP comes to 20 percent, Ciudadanos to about 17.
Violence was fought over dealing with the Catalan separatists. Casado and Rivera accused the Prime Minister of betraying the nation for having negotiated with them. Sánchez firmly rejected this: "Wrong is wrong." He had clearly signaled to the separatists that Madrid would not allow a referendum on the independence of Catalonia, as this forbids the Constitution: "No is no!" Only briefly did the opponents sweep the controversy over refugees from Africa, the topic has disappeared from the headlines.
As the second debate took place at the feast of Saint Jordi, patron of the art of the book, Rivera and Sanchez gifted each other with books. The liberal explained to the visibly perplexed socialist: "I have a book for you that you have not read yet, it is your dissertation!" That sat: For months stands Sánchez 'dissertation in economics in the criticism in the criticism: With approximately one fifth of the places it should act after a specialized analysis around Plagiate. Moreover, the opposition also spread the version that Sanchez had a ghostwriter written – that's what Rivera was referring to.
In return, the prime minister offered him a biography of Santiago Abascal, the leader of the new nationalist group Vox. He was referring to the fact that the Ciudadanos have formed a minority cabinet with the PP in the region of Andalusia, which is tolerated by Vox. The same scenario is now possible in Madrid, the elections are according to the forecasts scarce, both a right and a left coalition are in the range of the possible.
Abascal was originally scheduled to attend the second debate. But the election commission had forbidden this the previous day on the grounds that Vox is not yet represented in the national parliament. Abascal instead appeared on Tuesday in front of nearly 5000 enthusiastic supporters in the Madrid bullring. He called the participants of the television debates the "four apocalyptic riders" who together ruined the Kingdom of Spain. Their names are: betrayal, disappointment marketing and hate. But there is an alternative for all who wanted to make Spain big again: Vox.
After the two debates, the big media, who had reported in the live ticker, asked who was the winner. On Monday, the preppy Ciudadanos boss Rivera was almost everywhere in front and Iglesias, the neomarxist with the ponytail, almost everywhere behind. An expert panel of sociologists, psychologists and advertising professionals working for the daily newspaper El País analyzed the debate, came to the opposite conclusion: Iglesias had won thanks to his wit and his wit, clearly the victory, Rivera in his hectic way but rather immature effect. A vote on whether both debates have influenced the opinion sustainable, is still pending.