NO sooner did Pedro Sanchez get the backing of rank-and-file PSOE party members to become secretary general than he started to flex his muscles.
He ordered the party’s European MPs to vote against Jean-Claude Juncker’s nomination as president of the European Commission.
The MPs did so unenthusiastically while Sanchez justified his order as “coherent.” The party could not support a pro-austerity conservative, the new secretary general claimed, even though other European social-democrat parties voted for Juncker.
It’s one thing to be on the Left, but displaying political gaucheness on the world stage was a less than auspicious start. And Sanchez should have pondered that anyone so viscerally-opposed by David Cameron deserved PSOE votes.