This comes after the last general election in June 2016, in which the PSOE lost more than half the votes it achieved at its peak in 2008.
- The PSOE will choose its new executive, proposed by Sanchez, at a party congress on June 16-18.
- Approval of the 2017 budget next month, facilitated by a deal between the PP and the Basque Nationalist Party, will strengthen Rajoy.
- The PSOE under Sanchez will adopt a more flexible attitude towards a possible agreement to end the standoff between Madrid and Catalonia.
- Yet this is likely to have little impact on the confrontation that is expected in coming months.