Saturday of criticism of the Government by its parliamentary partners and even from one of the parties that make up the coalition Executive. The leader of the ERC, Oriol Junqueras, has accused the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, of “buying the mental framework of the extreme right” in the management of the tragedy in Melilla, while the head of the communes in Parliament, Jéssica Albiach , has warned that his party will not support increased military spending.
Sánchez trusts the support of United We Can to the increase in military spending and the presence of the US in Rota
The NATO summit and the deaths of migrants by the Moroccan police when they tried to reach Spain have strained relations between the PSOE and the parties to its left facing the last stretch of the legislature. Albiach has assured that the commons will not support in the Congress of Deputies the increase in Defense spending in the negotiation of the next budgets, since it is “irresponsible” in a context of “galloping inflation”.
The leader of the comuns has alluded to the promise of the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, after the NATO summit in Madrid, to increase the defense item in the budgets until reaching the objective of 2% by 2029. Without reaching To endorse that percentage, this Friday the Minister of Universities and member of the commons in the Executive, Joan Subirats, saw higher military spending as “justified” in the face of increased international threats.
Albiach has clarified the party’s position and has stressed that the formation “will not support the increase in military spending and the deployment of more American soldiers and two new destroyers at the Rota base.”
“In a context of galloping inflation, increasing military spending is irresponsible, it must be said with all the letters. With the suffering of families who do not make it to the end of the month, it is putting the interests of the United States ahead of the interests of citizens,” Albiach asserted.
The leader of the comuns has also valued that the migrants who tried to jump the Melilla fence “are people fleeing hunger, poverty and war, they are not a military threat to NATO”, for which she has announced that Catalunya En Comú will approve a resolution “condemning the murders in Melilla” and calling for a “serious investigation”.
More forceful about the events in Melilla has been Junqueras, who has accused the PSOE of not being “courageous enough” to solve humanitarian problems and of approaching migration management “as the most extreme right would do.” “When the parties that call themselves progressive buy the mental frameworks of the extreme right, it is evident that there is no real progressive alternative,” Junqueras added.
Regarding the sovereignist debate, Junqueras, in a clear allusion to his Junts partners, has criticized the criticism for the lack of results that the dialogue table with the central Executive is bearing. “Those who refuse to accompany us make it easy for the Spanish Government,” Junqueras stressed, who nevertheless criticized the Executive of the PSOE and United We Can for, in his opinion, “dragging their feet” and their “infinite laziness” to sit down in the table.