As MPs start to contemplate a return to work, the PSOE Socialist party, the largest party after last April's election, will attempt to return to the negotiation table next week. They hope to find agreement on a support deal with Unidas Podemos (UP) in order to form a new government.
The PSOE is aiming to improve its terms from last time to tempt in UP with 300 measures to agree a "cooperation" government, and not the coalition government that UP leader Pablo Iglesias is demanding.
On Thursday, PSOE party secretary, José Luis Ábalos, referring to UP said, "They are still insisting on conditions. As if our lives depended on the conditions that they are laying down."
Pedro Sánchez has spent August meeting with representatives of civic groups to formulate his proposals to present next week, said party sources.
If no party can gain the support of a majority of MPs in order to form a government by 23 September, a new national election will be called, most likely on 10 November.