The head of the Ciudadanos party, Albert Rivera, was seen Tuesday in Rome having breakfast with the secretary of the Italian Democratic Party, Matteo Renzi. The leader of the “Orange Party” is now at his most powerful since the moment when Mariano Rajoy was able to return to the Moncloa Palace in 2016 thanks to the votes of the Ciudadanos. Now, for the first time, they have finished in first place in an election: They received 25 percent of the vote in the Catalonian election in December, and they have the largest presence in the Catalan Parliament.
The latest polls, much touted by the mainstream media, such as El País, which has always loved Rivera, show Ciudadanos as the No. 1 party in Spain if a vote were held today, just above the People’s Party (PP), which everyone is already tired of. Ciudadanos is only fourth in the new Parliament, after the PP, PSOE and Unidos Podemos.
Whatever the reason, Rivera is taking advantage of his increased popularity to tout himself as what he would most like to be seen as: the responsible European statesman, the “Spanish Macron,” as he is called by those who want to flatter him.