This week’s EU Confidential comes to you from Madrid as Spain takes over the six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Spain’s stint in the rotating chair has been overshadowed by a national election, with Spaniards set to go to the polls on July 23. The podcast team takes the political temperature among voters in the suburb of Alcorcón along with POLITICO’s Jakob Hanke Vela, while political scientist Pablo Simón unpicks some of the political dynamics at play ahead of the election.
We also speak to some of the most senior officials in the Spanish government, including Minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera and First Vice President Nadia Calviño about what to expect over the next six months. For more on how Spain’s summer election might play out, check out this dispatch from POLITICO’s Aitor Hernández-Morales.