Rajoy Masters the Art of Inaction to Win Back Power in Spain

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Mariano Rajoy.

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Five days before December’s election in Spain, as candidates criss-crossed the country, the embattled government started up a high-speed rail link between Zamora and Olmedo in the north of the Castilian plain.

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