Europe

Spain Socialist leader seeks govt tips from Portugal PM

Spain's opposition Socialist party leader is traveling to Lisbon for talks with Portugal's Socialist prime minister, whose success he would like to emulate in forming a leftist coalition government despite having lost elections.

Spain's Socialists, led by Pedro Sanchez, came second in last month's election but have a chance of following their Portuguese counterparts in forming a governing so-called "coalition of losers."

Conservative acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's Popular Party won the election but failed to get a majority and is having trouble finding support to form a government.

Portuguese Socialist leader Antonio Costa, whom Sanchez meets Thursday, also came second in recent elections but outflanked the incumbent center-right government that won by creating an leftist alliance that joined together to unseat the government and elect Costa premier.