++ Sanchez's gamble to go back to the polls is unlikely to pay off. Spanish politics is fragmenting and the stalemate continues. ++
With Spain set to go to the ballot box yet again on Sunday, the parliamentary deadlock is set to persist. PM Sanchez won 123 seats last time around, over 50 short of a majority. Although polling had looked optimistic for the incumbent when the election was announced, a campaign marred by the Catalonia Crisis has seen those figures plummet. The best-case scenario now is that PM Sanchez can hold onto the seats he currently has . . .