Friday, May 27

Sánchez and Feijóo only agree to restart talks to renew the Judiciary after three hours of meeting


Three hours of meeting and a single agreement: resume talks for the renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary. It is the summary of the first meeting between the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the newly elected leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo. An appointment that has lasted for three hours, which was preceded by an increase in dialectical tension between the two and which has ended without progress in any of the matters raised by the parties. Good words between the parties (“cordiality”, “positive meeting”, “commitment to a constant and permanent relationship”) without any specificity.

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Sánchez has presented an 11-point document on the matters that he wanted to discuss at the meeting, while Feijóo has demanded that his vague tax proposal be taken into account, although he has recognized that he has not presented any paper that determines the taxes that would be reduced or the how they would be done. The president of the PP has promised later that he will send a document to the president, but Sánchez’s refusal to accept that proposal in tax matters has led Feijóo to consider support for the anti-crisis plan presented by the Executive impossible and that it has to validate soon the Congress.

In the Government they take it for granted that there will be sufficient support to do so, and they are even open to processing it as a bill if the exceptional circumstances that have motivated it continue. But Sánchez has demanded his favorable vote in writing from Feijóo, who in the subsequent press conference concluded: “I have informed the president that supporting this plan without modifications, without improvements, without accepting proposals, is not possible.”

The president of the PP has made the economy almost the only subject to be discussed in a long appearance before the media at the end of the meeting. Feijóo has indicated in an appearance after the meeting that it has been “very cordial”. “And much less fruitful than I would have liked,” he added. “I do not have any good news for families, workers or companies. I cannot transfer to the citizens who are having the worst time that we have been able to materialize a single economic proposal, beyond the royal decree law that the Government intends to validate without further ado ”, he pointed out.

All in all, Feijóo has recognized that the royal decree law “has interesting aspects and reasonable measures, for example in the primary sector”. “But it is insufficient”, he added immediately. “As there have not been many possibilities to start proposing a modification, we have not invested a lot of time in it,” he concluded. The president of the PP has assured that Pedro Sánchez has not asked for the vote of his group for this anti-crisis plan and has left Moncloa without informing what his deputies will vote on.

“This is unfortunately the first conclusion. The president has not considered it opportune to even initiate an alternative proposal, which I presented in a generic way and will send in a precise and documented way to the Presidency of the Government”, he added, which confirms the inaccuracy of his multiple messages of tax reductions in the last , from the 20,000 million in hydrocarbons to the 7,500 of personal income tax, to which this Thursday the VAT collection has also been added, to give two examples.

Renewal of the CGPJ

As for the CGPJ, Feijóo has said that they have agreed to “resume talks”, and has raised the need to “change the method” of election so that “the judges and magistrates” appointed “are of the best profiles.” The president of the PP, yes, has been careful to establish red lines, something that he used to do, and in a changing way, his predecessor in office.

From the Government they have stated that the deadline to do so is June 12, when the mandate of four of the 12 magistrates of the Constitutional Court expires: those appointed by the Executive and those corresponding precisely to the CGPJ. Without one, it is difficult to designate the others, so the blockade imposed by Casado’s PP on the CGPJ could cause the Constitutional Court to rebound.

However, Feijóo has not been very predisposed in the previous days to address the issue of the Judiciary. In his opinion, it is not among the priorities of the citizenry. What is there, he has said, is the economic crisis and the increase in prices, which the leader of the PP proposes to counteract with a direct drop in the IPRF which, although he did not want to put a figure, could be around 7,500 million.

From the Government they have defended the “war plan” as “open, dynamic and worked with social agents and the affected sectors”. They have also recalled that the autonomous communities were able to make their contributions, and that only “Galicia, Madrid, Catalonia and Castilla y León” did not. Feijóo is still president of the Xunta de Galicia.

“The Government understands that a single non-specific proposal from Mr. Feijóo should not condition the support of the main party” to the entire plan, because then “it would not be a proposal, but an imposition”. “When the procedure that may be open for processing as a bill arrives, the Government trusts that it will reconsider its position,” concluded the spokeswoman, Isabel Rodríguez, who appeared around four in the afternoon.

Rodríguez has assured that Feijóo has “asked for time” to be able to address certain issues of the 11-point document proposed by the president. The spokeswoman has shown “understanding” because she “needs” that time since she has just arrived. That yes, she has added: “The ones proposed to Mr. Feijóo are very basic consensuses. Constitutional consensus from which the PP should not have left.

Vox and sexist violence

The President of the Government has also called on Feijóo to distance himself from Vox’s proposals regarding violence against women. Rodríguez recalled that the current Pact against Gender Violence has recently been renewed and shielded in Congress “by all groups, except Vox”. A pact that, he continued, “is called into question when extreme right-wing concepts such as ‘domestic violence’ are imposed.”

A few weeks ago, Feijóo had to apologize for saying that if a father kills his children “because of a problem” with his partner, “it is not sexist violence.”

The spokeswoman has assured that President Sánchez has shown Feijóo his fear of the “advancement of the extreme right in Europe”. A message that arrives a few days after the PP and Vox confirm in the Cortes of Castilla y León the first coalition government between the two. A vote that will be held on April 11 and to which Feijóo has not yet said if he will attend. Nor to the inauguration of what will be its first regional president as leader of the PP, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco.

Where there has been a certain rapprochement is in foreign policy. “I support the Government in relation to Ukraine. Without nuances, without conditions”, Feijóo assured, who has boasted of giving Sánchez support “firmer than his government partners and parliamentary allies”.

“This does not mean that I will consider what happened with Morocco to be acceptable,” he continued. “The president cannot change the historical policy of Spain. We cannot break the agreements of previous democratic governments, I have told you that this is not the case, ”he added. Feijóo has assured that the president has promised that what happened with the Sahara will not “happen again”, which implies that Sánchez has promised to inform the main opposition party about foreign policy.

“To be reliable and credible abroad, it is vital that they are within our borders,” he stressed.

The 11 pacts of Pedro Sánchez

The renewal of the Judiciary is one of the 11 pacts proposed by Sánchez to Feijóo, which the Government has divided into four blocks: compliance with and updating of the Constitution and democratic regeneration; unity in responding to the economic consequences of war and commitment to mitigating climate change; State pact against gender violence and loyalty in State policies.

“During this time, the legitimacy of the coalition government and of the president himself has been questioned on numerous occasions from the main opposition party. This situation, unprecedented in Spanish democracy, has led to denying the Government its constitutional legitimacy to carry out its work”, Moncloa wrote in a statement detailing the 11 points.

The first of the agreements proposed by the Government is to renew the General Council of the Judiciary, which is three years old since its mandate expired, a situation that the judiciary itself describes as “unsustainable”. After this, the next step is also the renewal of the Constitutional Court, which this coming June is responsible for the renewal of its members appointed by the Government and the CGPJ.

Also in judicial matters, the Sánchez Executive is going to propose to Feijóo to reform article 49 of the Constitution. In May of last year, the Council of Ministers approved the renewal project that, among other things, changes the term ‘handicapped’ to ‘person with a disability’ or contemplates the different dimensions of the protection of these people.

Another of the agreements is the elimination of the vote requested so that people residing abroad vote in the elections, or the return of the PP to the Anti-Transfuguism Pact and for Institutional Stability.

On the other hand, the Government has proposed to Feijóo to approve the National Response Plan to the Economic and Social Consequences of the war in Ukraine and in energy matters, the Executive proposes an agreement for the energy transition, the 2030 Agenda and to guarantee prices of affordable and stable energy in the context of war.

Also in the crisis, the Executive asks Feijóo for support and coordination around the European Funds and the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan. On the other hand, he has asked to shield the State Pact against Gender Violence that was signed in December 2017 by all the political forces with representation in Parliament, the communities and the local entities represented in the FEMP.

They have also called for a pact on foreign policy because, they argue, the country aspires “to consolidate and expand its position on the international, European scene” and its relationship with the countries with which it shares a neighborhood based on “the fundamental principles of foreign policy”. outside of our country, such as multilateralism and respect for international legality”.

Finally, they ask for consensus with the main opposition party on matters related to National Security or cybersecurity.




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