Pedro Sánchez this Saturday at the meeting of the federal committee of the PSOE in Madrid. On video, statements of the socialist leader. JAIME VILLANUEVA | EPV

Overcoming the conflict in Catalonia “is fundamental” for the Government, but will not be done “to the detriment” of the “pressing needs” of other autonomous communities. Pedro Sánchez has pledged this Saturday in the federal committee of the PSOE, the main organ of the party between congresses, that attention to the Catalan crisis does not penalize other problems that, without having the dimension of the independence challenge, are crucial in other territories. “Each of the citizens of Spain expects us to pay attention to their demands. And they will have it,” said the Secretary General of the Socialists, who has set as an example the need for a “worthy train” for Extremadura, which the Mar Menor ” recover the life he had “or the fight against depopulation in Castilla y León.

Sanchez has also attached great importance to the protests of farmers and ranchers: “Count on the Government. Count on your Government.” Along these lines, the PSOE has prepared a manifesto of support for the agricultural sector, with which it shares the need to achieve fair prices. After warning that public administrations cannot fix them within the framework of a global economy, the Socialists are committed to the “necessary reorganization of the offer to be able to negotiate better” prices. The former president of Andalusia, Susana Díaz, Sánchez’s rival in the elementary schools in which she was re-elected by the militancy, has highlighted the “sensitivity” with farmers and ranchers, whose problems Sanchez has referred to as soon as the socialist conclave begins. His closing of ranks with Sánchez summarizes how the federal committee has developed. Not even Catalonia has generated a stir. “We defend that dialogue and law go hand in hand, we are the guarantee in this country always of the defense of the Constitution of the hand of equality,” said Diaz.

The President of the Government has stressed with respect to Catalonia that the situation will not be resolved immediately and will require time and effort, but he has stressed that “the course must be changed immediately” to find a remedy against the “sterile dialectic” of the independentistas, “who draw a Spain that behaves like an oppressive and ruthless power” and a right that has a vision of Spain “that ends in the M-50”. “The political solution is the dialogue solution. Non-dialogue is non-political. It is what we have suffered during the last decade.” “We must start a new dialogue path for the reunion,” he observed, again using the term he already used in his meeting with the president of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, at the meeting they held last week in Barcelona. Given the demand for independence to hold a referendum on self-determination, Sánchez proposes “the search for shared and viable solutions”. That is, a new Statute of autonomy: “We want an agreement as broad as the one that enlightened the first self-government of Catalonia [se aprobó con un respaldo del 88%] under the protection of the Constitution. “It is the solution to which the president aspires.

“A strong democracy is a democracy that dialogues. There is no one left here. Not even the opposition, starting with the Popular Party, to whom we extend our hand again to join the social and territorial dialogue,” said Sánchez. The leader of the PSOE, who will receive Pablo Casado on Monday in La Moncloa, has appealed to reach state pacts to the main opposition party, although during his 45-minute speech he has been very critical of a “backward” right that confronts with the Government – the first of a clearly left-wing coalition since the Second Republic – betting on an “exaggerated, over-acted and misplaced” tension. Sanchez has urged the PSOE to ignore the “fleeting controversies” of the opposition “that only serve to create an irrespirable environment and distract attention from the important.” “Right, José Luis?”, Ábalos has addressed the only allusion to the crisis by the meeting that the Minister of Labor held with the Vice President of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, sanctioned by the EU, in Barajas. “They say they feel worried about the situation in Venezuela, but how little they care about the rights of Venezuelans,” he has charged against the right of three acronyms, referring to PP, Vox and Citizens.

“We do not want to monopolize the Transition nor do we plan to appropriate the Constitution. But we are not going to consent that others, with much less arguments than we do,” Sanchez has observed in front of the denomination that PP and Citizens usually use when they criticize the approaches of the PSOE with the independence parties. “The Constitution is a roof that protects us all, it cannot be a throwing weapon … We were the architects of the Constitution in 1978. We admitted fans and converts, but we were co-authors of that work (…) For constitutionalists we, but not of a couple of articles at convenience, “he has sentenced.

After the intervention the turn of requests and questions has been opened. 22 word shifts have been requested. The meeting was attended by eight of the nine regional presidents of the PSOE – all except Guillermo Fernández Vara, from Extremadura – and the rest of territorial leaders except Luis Tudanca (Castilla y León) and Diego Conesa (Murcia), who have claimed agenda reasons and personal The president of Aragon, Javier Lambán, one of the most belligerent with the independentistas, has left the federal committee as soon as Sánchez finishes his speech. Lambán has declined in this way to participate in the federal committee, unlike the rest of the regional presidents who have asked to intervene, except Concha Andreu, of La Rioja, where the general secretary of the party is Francisco Ocón. “Spain faces many challenges and the Government will not have it easy. As Secretary General of Aragon, I have come to testify my support to the Secretary General of the PSOE, ”said Lambán an hour after leaving with a message on social networks.

Emiliano García-Page has once again emerged as the most relevant voice of the PSOE who is suspicious of the dialogue table agreed with ERC. The president of Castilla-La Mancha has argued in his intervention in the federal committee, behind closed doors, that the fundamental debate of the legislature is the debate of equality. “We must be clear that today, more than ever, defending the unity of Spain is defending equality. Those of us who believe and work for equality are the ones who have the most to defend unity,” he said according to sources present.

The federal committee had not met since last September – as Iván Redondo, Sanchez’s chief of staff in La Moncloa, has attended – and is held more than five weeks after the investiture of Sánchez. The control that the president of the Government has over the party is absolute, although privately leaders present in Ferraz express their unease that the main organ of the party has not met until now. Nor has he liked that the only consultation to the militancy was outside the pre-agreement with United We can in November. It was not made instead on the programmatic agreement with the minority partner of the coalition in the Government. Nor about the controversial investiture agreement with ERC that included the dialogue table.

“You cannot call into question how essential the constitutional parameters are,” García-Page has warned in this regard, which has emphasized upon his arrival in Ferraz that “there can be no territorial privileges.” His intervention in the federal committee, very measured, has been well received in the management and territorial leaders most similar to Sanchez. Other regional presidents, such as María Chivite (Navarra), have recommended “facts and work” as the best response to the right-wing strategy. Francina Armengol, from the Balearic Islands, has considered the support for the Government “from the institutional loyalty” as fundamental and, as she has been doing for years, she has insisted on dialogue as the only solution for Catalonia. The president of Asturias, Adrián Barbón, has appealed for a fair energy transition and has criticized the “unfair” fiscal policy practiced by Madrid, the only community that exempts from the estate tax.


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