Felipe Gonzalez, leader of the Spanish Socialist Party which has been tipped to win the national elections on October 28, commented to reporters on the Party's policies at a Madrid hotel on September 20.
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Background: Felipe Gonzalez, leader of the Spanish Socialist Party which has been tipped to win the national elections on October 28, commented to reporters on the Party's policies at a Madrid hotel on September 20. One of the key issues in his election campaign is the Socialist Party plan to create 200,000 jobs annually by stimulating investment and reducing the working week. This proposal has induced fears in the banking and business world, which sees strong similarities with the French Socialists' economic policies. At the news conference, Mr. Gonzales tried to allay private sector fears by pointing out that he had no intention of embarking on a widespread nationalisation programme as private industry was, on the whole, far healthier than the public sector. The Socialist Party leader also hinted again at the possibility of Spain withdrawing from NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation). Spain became the 16th member of the alliance last. May through a parliamentary vote, despite strong opposition from the left. The Socialist Party has already indicated that, if elected, it would put Spain's membership of NATO to a referendum.