The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the Second Vice President, Yolanda Díaz, held a meeting on Monday, as reported by the teams from both parties. Through identical statements, the two have considered that “the meeting has been very positive and fruitful and has served to strengthen the coalition.” “The Government of Spain is aware of the great challenges that lie ahead for the country and we are going to continue working hand in hand, beginning with the negotiation of general State budgets,” they point out in that statement.
United We Can and partners of the Government charge against the new law of secrets for the classification deadlines
The meeting has taken place without the coalition monitoring commission requested by Díaz in July having yet met due to the discrepancies between PSOE and United We Can on the increase in military spending, as well as the formula to respond to the economic consequences of the crisis in Ukraine.
The differences, evidenced this Monday with the law of official secrets -United We Can reject that the term of classification of documents can be extended up to 50 years, as stated in the draft approved by the Council of Ministers-, have not prevented, notwithstanding, that the Executive has approved two General Budgets, regulations as relevant as the labor reform, the increase in the minimum wage or the different anti-crisis packages and that last week the two partners jointly presented in Congress the initiatives to launch the new taxes on banks and large energy companies.
“Dialogue, talking between partners, is always important and we are in favor of this dialogue between the two parties,” Pedro Sánchez had assured this morning during the press conference he held in Tirana, the capital of Albania. , together with the country’s president, on the last day of his tour of the Balkans.
Sánchez wants the coalition government to arrive together at the 2023 general elections. The socialist leader considers that he would send a good message to the left-wing electorate at a time when he is pointing to demobilization against a right that is coalescing around the PP. The president assumes that Alberto Núñez Feijóo now enjoys an advantage and that, as all the polls predict, he would now be in first position, but he hopes to turn these polls “around”.
With an eye on the municipal and regional
The hope is already in the municipal and regional elections in May, which will be the prelude to the national elections in December next year and to which it is assumed that Yolanda Díaz will appear leading the space to the left of the PSOE.
For all these reasons, Sánchez’s plans do not include a break with the bipartite in the remainder of his term, which was a plausible scenario in the face of an unprecedented situation in national politics in which there had never been a coalition government. However, the president maintains that it is beneficial for the progressive electorate that PSOE and United We Can preserve the agreement until the end.
“It is good that the Government arrives united at the end of the legislature. It is a good sign for the future because it means that two leftist forces understand each other”, he explained in an informal conversation with the journalists accompanying him on the tour of the Western Balkans that he has made to support the entry of those countries into the EU.