“We are very clear, all efforts must be dedicated to protecting families,” maintains Irene Montero
The controversy between PSOE and United We Can continues on account of the increase in defense spending, to which Pedro Sánchez promised at the NATO summit in Madrid last June before, among others, the president of the United States, Joe Biden.
As Second Vice President Yolanda Díaz did on Monday, Irene Montero insisted on Tuesday that increasing the budget for the Armed Forces does not appear in the coalition agreement on the spending ceiling, a step prior to the approval of the General State Budgets of 2023. “We are very clear, all efforts must be dedicated to protecting families,” said the leader of Podemos before adding that the difficult economic time, with galloping inflation that has skyrocketed prices, forces money to be concentrated on social policies and not on war material from which “only the big arms companies benefit”.
PSOE and United We Can already began to negotiate the Budgets before the beginning of August, the last of this legislature and, therefore, of vital importance in the face of the imminent electoral appointments: municipal, regional and general. Not only that, the accounts will contemplate the investment of a large part of the European recovery funds, no less than around 140,000 million that the Executive must manage over the next year and whose use will be a boost in the face of the valuation of the coalition management, both for Socialists and for United We Can. Each part of the Government wants to leave its mark on the next Budgets.
The PSOE seeks to reinforce Sánchez’s image of leadership, both nationally and internationally, while United We Can try to pour as much money as possible into social policies, which it presumes have expanded throughout this legislature thanks to the pressure is exerted in the Council of Ministers on the Socialists. The latter is an argument that Ferraz dislikes, and a lot. “That they repeat over and over again that the Government only moves in social matters because United We Can push is something that is especially annoying. All the socialist ministers are also fighting to obtain the maximum resources for their departments, ”complain sources from the PSOE, who claim that in the ship of commitment to the lower and middle classes their party is the first on board.
there will be no turning back
The response to the Minister for Equality came successively from Pilar Alegría, Nadia Calviño and Isabel Rodríguez. The head of Education and spokesperson for the PSOE settled that, “of course”, the commitment of the President of the Government with NATO will be fulfilled, which will mean an increase in spending in the coming years until reaching 2% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). ) between 2028 and 2030. Currently Spain hardly allocates 1% of GDP to military spending, despite the fact that already in 2017, with Mariano Rajoy in Moncloa, this same 2% was committed for 2024.
Alegría defended that the spending ceiling agreed with Podemos, in no case, records the items for each Ministry. Calviño stressed that “Pedro Sánchez always fulfills his commitments.” “Spain is a reliable country,” concluded the spokeswoman for the Executive, Isabel Rodríguez, after the Council of Ministers. To her left sat Irene Montero, who remained silent.
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