The pandemic, the economic crisis that does not subside and the war in Ukraine. These are the three reasons that the Popular Party has presented to the party leaders at the European level to justify the agreement with Vox in Castilla y León, after the current president of the EPP, Donald Tusk, described it as “capturing”. Sources close to the organizing committee of the extraordinary congress have acknowledged to elDiario.es that the shock wave of the pact between Alfonso Fernández Mañueco and the extreme right has caused crossed calls between Spain and the European capitals.
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Following these contacts, the current president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, the vice-president of the Commission, Margaritis Schinás, and the president of the parliamentary group, Manfred Weber, who is also running to succeed Donald Tusk in the PPE congress next May. Tusk himself will not attend the extraordinary congress. Nor the president of the Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen.
Tusk’s words last week came on the same Thursday that the agreement by which the PP puts Vox in a government for the first time in a democracy was made public. That same day, a meeting of the leaders of the European PP was held in Paris prior to the informal summit of EU Heads of State and Government to address the situation in Ukraine. It was the farewell in Europe of Pablo Casado, who attended the meeting without previously agreeing on his intervention with anyone from the party.
Sources from his environment later assured that Casado limited himself to reiterating the arguments he presented in his farewell before the National Board of Directors of the PP, in which he defended a legacy without agreements with Vox and the fight “against corruption”. Beyond his message, the reaction of leaders like Tusk or Manfred Weber was immediate. The Pole trusted that the pact in Castilla y León is “an accident” and not a “trend”. The German, for his part, confirmed that Casado’s message had focused on his policy of alliances with the extreme right and his fight against corruption within the party. Finally, the Frenchman Michel Barnier assured: “Casado disapproves of agreements with the extreme right, like us, who are in front of Marine Le Pen.”