The politically correct outrage Rivera

PSOE, to facilitate investment and achieve a multiple pact with Ciudadanos and Podemos, where everyone has common issues, they wrote on February 8th a document for “a new progressive and reformist government to serve spanish needs, aspirations and interests“.

Albert Rivera appeared at a press conference at the headquarters of Ciudadanos in Madrid to accept this document and confirm that they agree with 27 of the 40 main measures proposed by PSOE and seek to start negotiations to achieve the investiture of Pedro Sánchez in the coming days. The leader of Ciudadanos offered a politically correct speech to Sanchez with phrases like “I’m not going to say to Sanchez who has to talk like he don´t say to me

Or this one “If Pedro Sánchez wants to talk with Podemos, let´s talk (…)“. The inconsistent position with Podemos is clear, and in the other hand, as claimed by the deputy spokesman of Citizens in Congress, José Manuel Villegas, there´s no “insurmountable” obstacle to an agreement with the PSOE. But at this stage of the negotiation, Rivera is between anger against Podemos and indignation against Sanchez. In this whirlwind of negative emotions, I repeat that the proposal of Rivera was smart because it exists negotiating teams rather than direct negotiations of candidates. Imagine a straight fight ….


Maria Pocoví

CEO – Emotion Research Lab

Emotional Analysis


  • “If Pedro Sánchez wants to speak to Podemos, let´s speak. If Ciudadanos has to vote laws with other political parties, we will; but, that does not mean that I disagree with the separatist referendum proposed by Podemos or the European Union framework that they question”. BETRAYAL, SADNESS AND INDIGNATION  are the main emotions issued by Albert Rivera at this point in his speech. Rivera’s words are consistent, because even though he has been open to negotiations to achieve an agreement that could lead Spain to form a government, he would not be comfortable in a PSOE-Ciudadanos-Podemos government which it is intended to be formed by Sánchez. Rivera has opted from the outset for PP-PSOE-Ciudadanos government, so it is understandable that he feels angry or sad because its objectives have not been met. Betrayal is also consistent with his words; the mixture of anger and sadness indicates that Albert Rivera is disappointed with the proposal issued by PSOE government that, although it has several common points with Ciudadanos, it makes allusions to the party led by Pablo Iglesias.
  • “If Pedro Sánchez wants to speak with Podemos, let´s speak” : Fault and angry. Albert Rivera feels responsible that PSOE is not approaching PP as he had suggested in meetings with the socialists. Anger is consistent with its position on a possible alliance with Iglesias.
  • “Vote laws with other political parties”: Consternation, indignation and betrayal. The combination of fear, anger and surprise produced in Rivera consternation and indignation at the idea of ​​participating with Podemos in legislative agreements, because of the rejection this may cause internally in their party or their voters.
  • Relating to “other parties” , it refers to the intention of Sánchez to include Podemos in the great pact of government, which explains the perceived betrayal by the leader of Ciudadanos while he pronounce these words.
  • “With the separatist referendum proposed by Podemos”: Hate and hopelessness. Ciudadanos is a native catalan party that was born with the intention to end the Catalonian separatist movement. Hatred reflected by Albert Rivera when he speaks about the referendum is consistent with his party speech. Relating Podemos to the Catalan query, he shows hopelessness because this is one of the key issues that separate him from the party led by Pablo Iglesias.
  • “The European Union framework that they question”: Betrayal and angry. The predominant emotion in this part of Rivera’s speech is anger, which joined to sadness, produced some betrayal feeling.