>> Suited and booted and gearing up for a fight. Spain's election contenders going head to head in the country's first and only televized debate on Monday night. Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's economic policies drawing scorn from his three main rivals. Standing his ground he told his opponents, to govern is difficult, to preach is easy.
In two and a half weeks, Spanish voters will head back to the ballot box for the second time in six months after an inconclusive vote in December. Reuter's Julien Toye in Madrid says polls show no party is set to obtain a majority.>> At Spanish level it makes the formation of a government very difficult.
Actually there's a big question mark on which color is gonna be the next government. Whether it's gonna be a right wing government backed, maybe by a socialist, or whether it's gonna be a left wing coalition. At European level, it's also huge because Spain is the fourth biggest economy.
And in this fourth biggest economy of the Euro zone you're gonna have 25% of the elect rate voting and supporting anti-austerity, so that might have an impact at European level as well.>> The make up of the debate itself proof of the political split. Four parties taking part for the first time rather than the two mainstream groups.
Monday's exchange failing to reveal any signs of potential alliances, with most candidates playing their cards close to their chest, a sign, perhaps, that the new vote might just produce more deadlock.