The victory of Pedro Sanchez and his Spain’s Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) in April  this year was supposed to usher in a new era of political stability after the sudden decline and fall of the People’s Party (PP). Yet PSOE’s sizable seat tally fell just short of a majority, and subsequent coalition negotiations collapsed into acrimony and finger-pointing across the political spectrum.

The ultimate result was another general election, which took place last weekend and produced a similar tally for PSOE.

Will the story be the same this time around?