There was no significant movement this week in the conflicting positions of the Socialist PSOE party and Unidas Podemos (UP) on how to form a government. The PSOE, under Pedro Sánchez, will present itself in investiture votes on 23 and 25 July but needs UP votes or an abstention to govern.
UP leader, Pablo Iglesias, wants a share in a new government. Despite increasing tension between the two leaders, on Wednesday the negotiating teams decided to go back to basics, concentrating on what a government programme might look like and not on who the ministers might be.
Reports earlier in the week said that Sánchez was holding out to form a government without direct UP involvement in order not to be perceived as abandoning the centre ground.
If Sánchez doesn't get an absolute majority of MPs on 23 July he will need a simple majority on 25 July. If not, MPs will have another attempt in September, and if there is no agreement, new elections will be called.