Pedro Sánchez has no doubts: he supports Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska, despite pressure from his partners and the report from the Ombudsman that concluded that the Interior breached the law in managing the tragedy at the Melilla fence in which dozens of people died. Sánchez has taken advantage of a generic question about that police action at the press conference with his counterpart António Costa in the framework of the Spanish-Portuguese summit to make it clear that the person in charge of the State Security Forces and Corps has “all” his trust “regardless” of what the report signed by Ángel Gabilondo indicates. “He is a great Minister of the Interior who performs his functions in strict compliance with the law”, said the President of the Government, who has expressed his “recognition” and “support” for Marlaska, who has highlighted his “efficiency” and “ defense of human rights” throughout his “judicial and political career”.
Interior defends police action in the Melilla tragedy after the BBC documentary that points to Spain
Marlaska, sitting in front of the Minister for Equality, Irene Montero, and three chairs from the Second Vice President, Yolanda Díaz, who have been very critical of the management of that tragedy, will appear in Congress. This is how they were going to force it, in any case, the PP and several of the parliamentary allies of the coalition. United We Can and the rest of the partners also want an investigation commission. “It will give an account of the management that the Government did in that tragedy and it will do so with total transparency. We are collaborating with the different investigations that are open”, assured the president.
“Interior ministers have very complex jobs, especially when we are talking about something as dramatic as what we are experiencing on the border of the city of Melilla. [ha subrayado]. Fernando Grande-Marlaska is a great Minister of the Interior who has performed and performs his duties in strict compliance with the law and with strict compliance with that human rights perspective that we must always have”. “The images and what happened do not stop shocking us”, Sánchez said at the beginning of his response in which he has shown his “solidarity” with the victims. Along the same lines that he defended when the tragedy occurred in June, the president has insisted that these events occurred on the “border between Africa and Europe” in places of origin where there is a “lack of freedoms and lack of opportunities” .
Marlaska, who in recent days has avoided journalists, has later wanted to convey to them, through the Secretary of State for Communication, the “satisfaction” with which he has received the words of the President of the Government. After the press conference, the socialist ministers have also made gestures of support for him and Marlaska, for his part, thanked Sánchez for his words.
Sánchez ironizes with the “help” of Guindos: there will be a tax on the banks
Sánchez has ironized with the words of the vice president of the European Central Bank, Luis de Guindos, after the institution’s report against the tax on banks promoted by the formations that support the Government. “I heard Mr. De Guindos today say that he just wants to help. Mr. De Guindos, who is well known in Spanish politics because he was the Economy Minister with the PP government, the architect of the rescue of the financial sector, which he said would not cost a cent of a euro for Spanish society as a whole, was previously responsible of a large bank, Lehman Brothers, today he is the vice president of the ECB… I am undoubtedly grateful for Mr. Guindos’ desire to help”, he joked before assuring that the Government will continue with this temporary and extraordinary rate.
“We take note, we will study the report, but the Government of Spain continues with its roadmap to create this important tax. Above all because in light of the data that we have known about the profits, about the dividends that the financial sector is giving as a result of the tightening of monetary policy, I think that it is justified for me to lend a little bit of support during these difficult times that the Spaniards are going through”, concluded the president, who has assured that he will maintain the “approach” contained in the bill promoted by the PSOE and United We Can so that financial institutions cannot pass on this tax to customers, which is one of the the hits that puts the bank directed by Christine Lagarde.
It will renew the Constitutional, but it does not give a term
Sánchez has assured that the Government will appoint the magistrates that correspond to him in the Constitutional Court, but has avoided giving a deadline. The crux of the matter is whether the Executive will proceed to appoint the two judges without waiting for the acting General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) to do so, which has so far declared itself in absentia and does not intend to meet until 16 November to address the matter.
In July, Sánchez assured that the Government would appoint the two magistrates that touched him without waiting for the CGPJ, but he changed his mind. Now that the blockade persists after the rupture of Alberto Núñez Feijóo, the president trusts that the governing body of the judges complies with the law and appoints the judges that correspond to him in the Constitutional Court, although he keeps the trick of doing it if the conservative sector maintains its negative.
“I hope, because we are already a little late, that the CGPJ complies with the law and that sooner rather than later we can already have the proposal of the two magistrates by the CGPJ that they go to the Constitutional Court. It is important that, given that the main opposition party has subscribed to the problem and not to the solution, the CGPJ contributes to preventing this constitutional crisis from spreading, which has caused the main opposition party to block such an institution. imp as the Constitutional Court”, Sánchez answered: “I cannot tell you when, but the Government of Spain is going to logically comply with the Constitution”.
The socialist leader has not wanted to enter into the possible granting of a pardon to the former president of the Junta de Andalucía José Antonio Griñán just when the Prosecutor’s Office has supported his entry into prison. “What the Government does is respect judicial procedures”, he has limited himself to answering before telling the journalists that they already know his opinion. The president has never ruled on the possibility of granting a government pardon to the former leader and that they do support dozens of party positions. In fact, the leadership of the PSOE raised its tone after the ratification of the sentence by the Supreme Court. “They are paying the just for sinners,” lamented Sánchez.
Asked if the PSOE has sent someone to negotiate his return with Carles Puigdemont, as the former Catalan president has stated, Sánchez settled: “I can speak for myself (…), the answer is very simple, it is no.”
The inevitable coexistence with Meloni
Both Sánchez and Costa have recognized that they have to live with Giorgia Meloni’s leadership in Italy, despite her policy of isolating the extreme right. In fact, Sánchez has revealed that he will have a bilateral meeting with the Italian prime minister next month in Alicante, where he will host the EU’s Mediterranean countries. “I think that when Spain and Italy have worked together, good things have happened for our countries”, assured Sánchez: “Relations between Spain and Italy transcend governments”.
“I fight against the values of the extreme right, I try to prevent it from feeding on the causes of discontent and contaminating the democratic right,” said Costa, who said that, as prime minister, his obligation “is not to fight with anyone of the 26 colleagues from the EU” having been elected by the citizens.
Drought and energy, the challenges after the summit
Sánchez and Costa have appeared before journalists in the framework of the 33rd Spanish-Portuguese summit, which has served to reaffirm the alliance between the two countries that both leaders are also exploiting to the full within the EU in joint negotiations such as the Iberian exception to put a cap on the price of gas with which electricity is produced or the creation of a green hydrogen corridor through France. In fact, in the joint declaration they assure that they “welcome” the construction of this Green Energy Corridor and insist on the need to reinforce its interconnections. Sánchez has assured that this “Iberian solution” can now be so for the whole of the EU, which has a “dislocated market”. “500 years ago, from one corner of the continent, we opened Europe to the world and today we work side by side to make our peninsula a global reference”, said Sánchez.
Another of the points on which they converge in the strategy before the EU is in the defense of a “permanent European macroeconomic stabilization instrument to adequately respond to crises and creating a common fiscal instrument, focused on investment and convergence”. “In the absence of this permanent stabilization mechanism, both countries will continue to defend the need, in the short term, for a common European financial mechanism to deal with the impact of high energy prices on companies and households. This mechanism should contribute to preserving equal conditions between the Member States”, collects the text. They also agree to work “together to harmonize the drought and scarcity indicators used by both states.” The lack of water has become one of the main “challenges” that these countries have to face, which, together with Senegal, will promote a global initiative to combat drought within the framework of the COP27 that begins next week in Egypt. .
On this occasion, the governments of Spain and Portugal, represented by nine ministers in addition to the chief executives, pivoted around science with the signing of agreements on an energy storage research center or the development of a constellation of earth observation satellites in order to “anticipate adverse atmospheric phenomena, such as fires”, as explained by Sánchez, although nine other agreements on various topics have been signed. Despite the presence of those responsible for Transport, the “insertion” of Portugal into the high-speed system with Spain has not advanced, despite the fact that Costa has assured that it will be addressed in “upcoming summits” as it is a matter a subject to which they give “vital importance”, but in which it is not possible to keep pace with the times. Yes, agreements have been signed regarding cross-border workers, the rehabilitation of the bridge over the Miño river between Monçao and Salvaterra do Miño or regarding the fight against sexist violence.