Brief on Spain: One month without a government as Podemos are shut out of talks.

Should Spain end its month-long standoff that has left the country without a government since its December 20 elections by calling for a new vote?

Or should the leading parties compromise and find a governing coalition, as outgoing prime minister (and election winner) Mariano Rajoy has been urging? A new Metroscopia poll, published by El País, says 61 per cent of Spaniards want to avoid new elections. The only group that seems to back a new vote are backers of the far-left Podemos party, which is currently shut out of the talks between Mr Rajoy’s centre-right Popular party, the center-left Socialists, and the populist free-market Ciudadanos party.

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