Unity continues to elude the Spanish left, even with a re-do of the 2015 elections.
The effort by Pedro Sánchez to form a government brings to mind the story of the hunter who goes into the forest with one bullet in his rifle.
After weeks of political wrangling saw no party win a majority, an arrangement to install a social democratic-led government now appears possible.
On Dec. 20, Spaniards went to the polls for elections to the Cortes, the bicameral parliament.
Mexico celebrates its independence on this date in 1810.
Austerity as a strategy is more than just throwing a scare into countries, it is also undermining the social contract between labor and capital that has characterized much of Europe for the past two generations.
Around a quarter of a million people marched through Madrid on Saturday in a show of strength by the populist Podemos party.
"The subjugation of democratic process to the markets was the reason why we have the crisis today...we predicted from the onset...that austerity-based policies would backfire."
Things are a little rocky in Europe these days.
Madrid saw a massive show of support for miners who are protesting austerity moves by Spain's conservative government, which they say will completely destroy their hardscrabble livelihoods.