The leader of Ciudadanos does not deny that her party is in crisis but frames her in the bad moment her political family is going through in Europe
Citizens slammed the door to integration in the PP today. “There will be no merger,” said yesterday the number two of the orange party, Edmundo Bal. And he also announced: “We are going to maintain this liberal project with independence and autonomy.”
A few words pregnant with optimism because Ciudadanos arrives at its national convention this weekend in Madrid in an extreme situation. Their electoral prospects are black, they have been evicted from two regional governments, Madrid and Murcia, and the trickle of leaders leaving the party does not stop.
Inés Arrimadas tried to dispel those ghosts with a speech of liberal fervor. The leader of the orange party stressed that “European liberals are in the Ciudadanos convention and not other parties because Ciudadanos is the European liberal party that Spain needs.” He was referring to the presence of some of the first swords of that current of thought in Europe with whom he shared a discussion table.
Arrimadas did not deny that his party is in crisis but framed it in the bad moment that his political family is going through in Europe. What happens to Ciudadanos, he said, is “what happens to any liberal party in Europe.” At no time did he allude to the errors or lurching that have led the orange party from being about to surpass the PP in the April 2019 elections, it obtained 57 seats by 66 of the popular ones, to having nine at the moment and with decreasing trend.
The recipe to get out of the well is, according to Arrimadas, to vindicate the liberal space – Citizens is “the only liberal party in Spain” – against a “conservative” party like the PP. “There is nothing wrong with being a conservative,” he pointed out, “but there is nothing wrong with being a conservative.”
Bal provided the dose of hope: “We will leave here rearmed, we are necessary.”