The chief executive throws another reconciliation wink to the PSOE and signs another former critic in the Communication secretariat
A practically new Government, except for what affects the economic ministries, but the same discourse on Catalonia. Pedro Sánchez made it clear yesterday that although he has gotten rid of the main political props of his team, he will not deviate from the path already pointed out to try to overcome, in the long term, the Catalan conflict. The dialogue table is still standing, although it is early to ensure that it will take place on the date agreed with the president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès.
The new Minister of Territorial Policy, the Castilian-La Mancha Isabel Rodríguez, warned this in her debut as spokesperson for the Council of Ministers after the meeting held this Tuesday, the first held in the traditional meeting room of the Palacio de la Moncloa since the beginning of the pandemic “The framework is given,” he said, “it is about advancing in coexistence; the president has marked that route very well and that will also be my task ”.
The fact that Rodríguez did not refer to this matter in the transfer of portfolios that he carried out on Monday with his predecessor in office and first secretary of the PSC, Miquel Iceta, and his proximity to the socialist baron most critical of the strategy of the Prime Minister , Emiliano García-Page, fed the idea of a certain script change. But she avoided encouraging him.
It is expected, yes, by some socialists, that her presence as minister in the always postponed negotiations for the reform of the autonomous financing system is a guarantee that there will be no favorable treatment towards the Generalitat, something that not everyone was clear in the the case of Iceta, which on occasion has defended a differentiated framework. But in the PSOE it is assumed that Sánchez will give him little role in conversations that he will control very personally with his new strong man, the Presidential Minister, Félix Bolaños, and his chief of staff, Óscar López.
Rodríguez admitted yesterday that he has not even had the opportunity to analyze the papers that Iceta has left on the table, which, among other things, had to decide whether or not to resort to the Constitutional Fund of the Catalan Government to counteract high-ranking officials and officials before the Court of Accounts. The chances, then, that the State-Generalitat Bilateral Commission will already meet this month, as Sánchez and Aragonès had agreed, are remote.
The chief executive was ratified in an interview with Telecinco, in any case, in which, although his decision to grant pardons to convicted ‘procés’ leaders and to open a negotiation with the Generalitat raises doubts, it is ‘necessary’, despite that with their attitude the independentistas are not making it easy for them. “I wasn’t expecting it either,” he said.
Sánchez avoided being more concise, both in what is to come and when explaining why at this time he has dispensed with the most recognizable faces and with more political weight from his team, Vice President Carmen Calvo, his chief of staff, Iván Redondo and the Minister of Transport and Secretary of Organization of the PSOE, José Luis Ábalos. Thus he limited himself to arguing that after the “greatest calamity” that a government has ever had to face, it is now necessary to “recharge and rejuvenate” to face the “30 months of recovery” that remain until the general elections.
In line with this argument, and with the evident decision to reconcile with the whole of the PSOE and leave behind the wounds of the internal war of 2017, Francesc Vallès was called up yesterday by another critical ex-deputy of his generation (they were Isabel Rodríguez, the Minister of Education, Pilar Alegría and Óscar López) to be its new Secretary of State for Communication.
The interview on Telecinco also served for Sánchez to amend his phrase “steak to the point” to disavow the Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, from United We Can, with a more elaborate argument. “What a progressive government does not have to do is scold the citizenry but accompany a fundamental sector such as agri-food in the reforms it needs,” he argued.
“It is clear that Cuba is not a democracy, but it has to be the Cuban society that finds the way and the international community will have to help”
Finally, regarding the crisis in Cuba, he stated that “it is evident that it is not a democracy”, but “it has to be Cuban society that finds the way and the international community will have to help.” Earlier, he denounced police repression against protests and journalists, which he described as “inappropriate.” “We must ask that Cubans be able to demonstrate freely and promptly so that the necessary reforms are undertaken,” said the president.