As politicians retreated to their families and their summer holidays this week, calls were continuing for acting Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, to find a way to win enough MPs' support to be sworn in as leader of a new government in September. If no agreement is reached, another general election looms in November.
King Felipe, speaking from Mallorca, urged all sides to do what they could to avoid the country going to the polls again.
Unidas Podemos, the left-wing party led by Pablo Iglesias, continues to want positions in a coalition government with Sánchez's larger PSOE party. But the PSOE is holding out for a simpler, support agreement only, with the hope of Sánchez being able to govern alone.
Earlier this week, the conservative Partido Popular appeared to open a door to it abstaining to allow the PSOE to govern alone if Sánchez stood aside, and it has not ruled out trying to form its own minority coalition with Ciudadanos.