The Royal Decree-Law is a legal rule provided in the Spanish Constitution that allows the Spanish Government to “issue temporary legislative provisions in case of extraordinary and urgent need”. Nevertheless, the Spanish Government in minority, lead by President Pedro Sánchez since a motion of censure on June 2018, is using this legal rule to pass laws without an ordinary parliamentary debate due to the difficulties of the socialists to close agreements with the rest of political parties (the Congress is so fragmented that every agreement needs the approval of at least three parliamentary groups).
Because of that, we have built a database based on the Spanish Official State Gazette (BOE), where every Royal Decree-Law is published since 1976, using a Python library called Selenium. After that, we have cleaned the database and andalyzed it with Microsoft Excel. Since the first article published on August 2018, we are updating the database weekly. The database has been the source for five articles published on El Confidencial and put the abuse of the Royal Decree-Law by the Spanish Government in the public light.
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