The letter of Cs to negotiate the PGE divides the sector of United We Can in the Government

The letter of Cs to negotiate the PGE divides the sector of United We Can in the Government

The deputies of Ciudadanos Edmundo Bal and ERC Gabriel Rufián, talk after a control session with the Government. (EFE)

The resource of the negotiations with Citizens to carry out the State’s general budgets (PGE), within the framework of reconstruction, is generating conflicting positions within the United We Can sector in the Government. It is a wild card in the event that the ERC gets back out of the investiture block and, therefore, from the Executive. Especially if the negotiations, scheduled for autumn, coincide with the Catalan campaign. A context that adds even more uncertainty to the already volatility of the Republicans, with a soul more processionary that usually prevails when it comes to electoral battles with the neo-convergents. However, what might seem like only parliamentary tactic would shape the coalition’s political strategy, Because the flexibility to agree the PGE with Cs and PNV, as the last extension of the state of alarm, would mean that they were less expansionary and accompanied by a less ambitious fiscal reform than anticipated.The cacophony at Unidas Podemos was highlighted this Wednesday with the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Alberto Garzón, opening to agree the Budgets with Citizens and it intensified just 24 hours later with the president of the parliamentary group, Jaume Asens, closing the door to this possibility. Tajante, the also leader of the ‘comuns’ in Congress stressed in statements to TV3 that “Budgets are quite incompatible with Cs” and he limited Garzón’s words to simple parliamentary courtesy. The head of Consumption, on the other hand, had been clear in statements to the Cadena SER, assuring that he would feel “comfortable” agreeing on the accounts with the oranges and taking them out of Columbus’s photo. Without denying the differences, he defended that with Cs there would be “more margin of understanding than the current situation implies.” The positions expressed in the debates within the purple sector of the Executive bear this out as well.

But Garzón has not been the only minister of United Podemos that has publicly recognized his position, discordant with that of the Podemos leaders. The Minister of Labor, Yolanda Diaz, already expressed favorable to reach an agreement with the group that leads Inés Arrimadas to carry out some Budgets that he called “emergency”. He did so in an interview on Onda Cero on May 11, stressing that “beyond political differences, it is possible to agree on an emergency budget program.” To which he added: “I really mean it, and we will certainly work to make it so.”

Purple sources in the Executive recognize that there is internal debate and those who encourage exploring this alternative route do so by insisting on the need for a budget program that they justify with the tagline of “emergency”. Due to the exceptional nature of the situation. The disputes are maxims of “program, program, program”, on the one hand, and those of “agreement, agreement, agreement”, on the other.

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The orthodox sector of the Government, which represents the economic vice president, Nadia Calviño, and who is accompanied on the front line by the head of the Treasury, Maria Jesus Montero, is the most convinced to change partners to go from leaning on the investiture bloc to doing so on a new majority of Basque and orange nationalists. Pablo IglesiasFor his part, he prefers to continue leaning on the investiture block. That the support of Citizens is merely temporary and that, above all, the oranges do not influence the economic decisions of the Government. The according to Bildu was on this lineHence the conflicting reactions of Calviño and Iglesias.

To cut the alternative route to the investiture block, Iglesias is sheltered in the programmatic pact that he signed with the Prime Minister to light the coalition. A purely social democratic program that is incompatible with Citizens and whose compliance tie Sánchez to the investiture block. “Program, program, program”. After the first agreement with Citizens to save the state of alarm, United We Can sources close to the Executive stressed to minimize its scope that “everyone in the Government is clear with whom the majorities can be made who comply with the programmatic agreements and give a left-wing sense of government. ” Also, Iglesias seeks to attract allies, such as the Minister of Social Security, José Luis Escrivá, with whom he had a meal last Thursday in which they reaffirmed the need to promote a New Keynesian program to combat the crisis.

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Ivan GilThe search for support on the right has generated uncertainty in the government’s United We Can sector, although it is ruled out that it may affect the relationship between coalition partners

The second vice-president has not missed the opportunity, both in the control sessions and in his last interventions in the Reconstruction and Social Rights commissions, to underline his preferences. The extensions of the state of alarm are one thing and another is the longer-range project that would materialize in the Budgets. For the latter, in order to print a social and left-wing stamp on the accounts, it only contemplates reinforcing the investiture block. While thanking Cs for carrying out a responsible opposition, he insists that they will not be the partners of the Government for programmatic incompatibility. Cs interference would also suppose that Iglesias reduce your leeway, which in recent weeks has proven to be broad, conditioning the debate in the Council of Ministers to expand the so-called ‘social shield’ and accelerate the approval of measures such as the minimum vital income.

For republicans, the path with Cs is incompatible with theirs, using the right and left axis. The entry into the Citizens equation would also stifle the campaign of the ‘comuns’ for the Catalans, and hence both the vigorousness of Jaume Asens and the constant recourse of the republicans to stir up the ghost of Manuel Valls, who gave his votes so that Ada Colau the mayor’s office kept in alliance with the PSC and leaving out ERC, the first force in votes. Sánchez will have to choose partners and each sector takes positions. Calviño is tied to the great pacts with the leadership of the employers e Iglesias to the fine print of the coalition contract to legitimize a position in an internal debate that is increasingly disputed in the public arena.


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