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Will Spain's new government actually work?

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>> An audience with the king. Spain may be just days away from its first real government in 10 months. Opposition leaders say they won't now oppose the formation of a new conservative government. The alternative, a third election and maybe more paralysis. Reuters Madrid correspondent, Angus Berwick, has been following developments.
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>> Socialists have said that the one thing they want to avoid is the third election. Because they're aware that their party's in crisis and that they're steadily losing support. But they've said that even though they're willing to abstain to prevent the country returning to the polls, that does not mean that they're going to go easy on Rajoy's government.
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>> Rajoy's in-tray, meanwhile, is piling up. The months of inactivity means there's a backlog of decisions still pending, along with a total of 64 international treaties unratified.>> Bills and new treaties haven't been passed for the last 10 months. So, the wheels, I guess they will be turning slightly faster than they are now.
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>> Rajoy also needs to find 5 billion euros in austerity cuts, which the opposition say they'll oppose. He maybe Prime Minister once more, but Rajoy is in for a rough ride.