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Sánchez avoids a face-to-face with Díaz so as not to confront his economic programs

Date: June 22, 2024 Time: 14:56:07

The socialist wing of the Government has decided to carry out an openness exercise before the general elections on July 23 through an agenda full of interviews in the media and, they trust, also, electoral debates. As soon as the comedians are summoned in advance, Pedro Sánchez will advocate holding up to six debates with the opposition leader, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, one for each remaining week until the appointment at the polls. The delay in the Popular Party’s response prevents this proposal from materializing, although it seems that there will be at least a ‘face to face’ between them. However, this eagerness to debate is reduced to a minimum by proposing that the adversary be his partner in the Council of Ministers, Yolanda Díaz.

Sources from Moncloa rule out that there will be a two-way dialectical confrontation between the Prime Minister and the leader of Sumar, since the latter has no real options to become head of the Executive. The truth is that since Sánchez dissolved the Cortes Generales when verifying that the results of the regional and municipal elections were favorable for the PP, the socialist ministers have tried to reduce the weight that United We Can have in the policies developed in the last legislature A campaign in which the Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs and Economic Transformation, Nadia Calviño, has become the most recognizable face and which has extended to Díaz, flaunting the labor reform as a measure of the Government as a whole.

Yolanda Díaz’s platform, which brings together 16 political formations, will hold a ‘face to face’ with each of the leaders of PSOE, PP and Vox. However, this idea did not convince the socialist formation, which hides behind having accepted all the debates proposed by the main communication groups in the country and points out that what they demand are debates for four and two, in which only Sánchez and Feijóo face each other. From Moncloa they point towards a clear strategy, based on the economic confrontation with the main opposition party. First, because this is the only party with opportunities to take their weight away from them in Moncloa and second, because they believe they have a certain advantage, since Nadia Calviño or María Jesús Montero have no equivalent in the PP.

PSOE wants to confront the PP, not Díaz

These two factors make Sánchez’s team comfortable using economic management to confront the PP. The macroeconomic data is positive, the Bank of Spain has just revised upwards the growth of Spanish GDP for the year 2023 to 2.3%, that is, exceeding the Government’s estimate by two tenths. Meanwhile, on the employment side, despite the controversy of the discontinuous fixed that the PP is trying to air, affiliation marks all-time highs with more than 20.8 million registrations in Social Security and unemployment has fallen for the third consecutive month . On the contrary, the Popular Party is hesitating about what its pension policy will be and what it will do with extraordinary taxes, and is committed to lowering the personal income tax for medium and low incomes and cutting the number of ministries to reduce public spending.

However, the confrontation with the leader of Sumar or his recently appointed spokesman for economic matters during, Nacho Álvarez, presents more difficulties, since the platform points to the socialist wing of the Government as guilty of not having had more ambitious objectives in the social sphere. the last legislature. Díaz has proposed the issuance of emergency bonds to respond to the rise in mortgage payments, consolidate the tax on large fortunes, expand compensation for unfair dismissal and carry out structural reforms of public companies such as the State Company of Industrial Participations (SEPI). ). Likewise, she has shown herself willing to confront Calviño’s method to deal with inflation.

The economic debate, in the air

The Popular Party has not revealed for the moment who will be its economic ‘guru’ for the next elections. Feijóo assured that this Monday he would be calm because the four candidates proposed by the media – Juan Bravo, Pablo Hernández de Cos, Luis de Guindos and Luis Garicano – are “very good”, although he did not opt ​​for any name. The PP has left on the air the invitation launched by Calviño more than a week ago to hold a two-way debate focused solely on the economy, although, from the formation they have indicated that the Minister of Economy could not act as an interlocutor for the PSOE , for not appearing on the lists presented to the Central Electoral Board.

The vice president wants to maintain her independent profile, so the PP considers it more appropriate to leave this debate in the hands of the person in charge of the Treasury, who heads the Seville ballot, like Bravo. However, the main opposition party is not committing to a ‘face to face’ with Sánchez either, or at least they condition it to requirements that Ferraz calls eccentric. Esteban González Pons, Deputy Secretary for Institutional Action of the PP, has indicated in a letter addressed to the socialist leadership that Feijóo will debate with the President of the Government if Díaz delegates to him or otherwise, the debate will be three.

Sumar has welcomed this proposal with open arms, because “a three-way debate is more like today’s Spain than the old bipartisanship. You have to talk about the real problems of the Spaniards”, they have pointed out from their Twitter profile. However, this is not an option for the PSOE either, which insists on the debates to four requested by the press. The PP tries to avoid confrontation with Vox, for which it has proposed to hold a second debate of seven in which Santiago Abascal would be present, but also the representatives of the Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC), the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) and EH Bildu. An idea that the formation led by Yolanda Díaz also put on the table, but the PSOE limits itself to pointing out that the PP is not the one that decides which debates are held, but that the leaders respond to the demand of the media.

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Puck Henry
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