There will be no follow-up meeting of the coalition agreement before the debate on the state of the nation, despite the fact that the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, demanded its urgent convocation. “I have no news of the presidency of the Government. I suppose that throughout the day they will tell us something”, Díaz acknowledged. In United We Can they expected that this meeting with the PSOE would take place before that appointment in which Pedro Sánchez intends to make a defense of the bipartisan’s two and a half years of life and also present the plans for the remainder of the legislature. But this will not be the case, according to government sources confirmed to elDiario.es, who point out that “they will be looking for a date” for the formations. Even so, in Moncloa they maintain that there will be no room for discrepancy between the coalition parties regarding the announcements of measures that the president intends to make.
Government partners raise tension at the gates of the State of the Nation Debate
“We are going to come out of that debate strong,” they say in Moncloa about the coalition. The sources consulted slip that the measures are agreed with the minority partner. “We are going to give depth to the remainder of the legislature,” they add. The leader of United We Can in the Government demanded last week an appointment with the coalition’s monitoring table to, among other things, address the increase in military spending to which Sánchez has committed and which has the rejection of the minority partner. “I do nothing more than sew this coalition. But for the coalition to continue transforming the country, it deserves that we stop along the way and have the debate that as a country we deserve”, warned the head of Labor.
In Moncloa they have been cooling down the call for the monitoring table, which so far in the legislature has met on five other occasions, most of them due to clashes over specific policies linked to the Equality portfolio. Díaz was the one who raised the tone in this case, coinciding with the presentation of her ‘Sumar’ project and the idea of United We Can on this occasion was to agree on the discrepancy regarding the increase in defense spending. The vice president has also been critical of the Executive, saying in an interview in El País that she “is not enough to manage” and that the Government “lacks a soul.”
“The Government works with heart and intelligence”, responded the spokeswoman, Isabel Rodríguez, at the press conference after the Council of Ministers in which she claimed the role “of the Government as a whole” and assured that it is made up of “two different formations that enrich the decisions”. “This Government has never stopped being aware of each situation, of responding to Spaniards, especially the most disadvantaged,” said Rodríguez, who gave the management after the eruption of the La Palma volcano as an example. “The show of the heart and intelligence of the Government is given in each and every one of the ministerial departments regardless of the political formation that leads them”, she concluded.
That, he said, will be reissued in the debate on the state of the nation that begins this Tuesday with a speech by Sánchez in which he intends to announce new economic and social measures to face the crisis left by the war in Ukraine. Moncloa’s intention is to show the contrast between the progressive Executive and the PP. “We saw at another time that crises were managed in a different way,” Rodríguez reiterated, pointing out that this parliamentary session that will last until Thursday will also serve to learn about future proposals made by other groups and to know “if it is possible to count on the main opposition party”.