Pedro Sánchez took off his tie this Saturday to become dressed as leader of the PSOE. Five months after arriving at the Moncloa, the Spanish president has converted the first federal party committee since the motion of censure in a great meeting in the Madrid municipality of Fuenlabrada – where the socialists have been governing for decades – to formalize the except for the long electoral cycle that the State faces. First with the Andalusian elections on December 2 and later with the municipal, autonomous and European elections on May 26. And with the always standing question whether wear on account of the lack of budgets will bring Sánchez to call elections in a few months.

The socialist leader has completely avoided the debate in Catalonia and has focused on vindicating the management of his government while throwing opposition darts. The principal, the PP and Citizens, who has vehemently accused of doing a "search-for-reason" policy that "undermines the pillars of coexistence and social peace." "Some have been flooded and the clock has been stopped with the motion of censure, they have confused the discrepancy with the tension," he said, and warned that they will not participate in this way of understanding politics.

Independence has only been mentioned in a veiled manner to point out that "irresponsible politicians" may not have new accounts in 2019. However, it has been once again committed to raising the minimum wage at 900 euros by decree, to shield pensions and to try to repeal the most damaging aspects of the electoral reform. Long negotiations, these last ones, that would be about to close with the PDECat, as it has progressed this Saturday 'El Periódico'.

In the field of commitments, Sanchez reiterated that 2019, "after many years of waiting, there will be no mausoleum in honor of the Franco dictator." He also announced that before the end of the month the Council of Ministers will finally approve the promise of constitutional reform to limit the gauges. However, the PP's indispensable support for the Congress, which for the moment puts in trouble, will be necessary. And unlike when he was only a socialist leader, Sánchez avoided today pledging to promote a reform of the Constitution to solve the territorial bond with Catalonia. Instead of that, he has undertaken to work for a "constitutional reform to recognize more rights and freedoms in the Constitution and guarantee the union of the peoples of Spain."

Without Díaz, Vara and Lambán

The act also served to formalize the candidates of the PSOE in the autonomous communities, but neither the Andalusian president, Susana Díaz; nor the Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara, nor the Aragonese, Javier Lambán. Sánchez managed to pacify the party with the landing at the Moncloa, but there continue to be the old conflicts with the "barons". On the front line, however, there was the first secretary of the PSC, Miquel Iceta; the Basque leader, Idoia Mendia, and the Balearic president, Francina Armengol.

Sánchez launches a long electoral campaign with the question of when he will have to press the red button to try to reach Moncloa through the vote of the Spaniards. All attacks are currently concentrated in the PP and Cs, against whom Moncloa has been increasing the decibels for weeks now. The PSOE is not related to the new movements of extreme right that grow in Europe and in the meantime keeps silent about the new ties with Podem, which sees "closer" elections in Spain. The socialist leader has re-presumed today the decree for banks to pay taxes on mortgages. "The company was in solidarity with the bank and this has to be reciprocal," he recalled about the bank bailout. Meanwhile, Pablo Iglesias keeps the call for protest at the gates of the Supreme Court this afternoon.

Iceta: "Catalonia has received the government of Sánchez with relief and hope"

The first secretary of the PSC, Miquel Iceta, said during the pre-campaign meeting of the proclamation of the candidates of the regional elections on May 26 that "Catalonia received the government of Sánchez with relief and hope." "I think that in this we have shown that there are great differences" between Catalonia and the rest of the State. For Iceta, if a place was expected a change to Moncloa was in Catalonia. "There were those who wanted to draw a sinister paint of Spain, without any capacity for reform. The arrival of the new government [espanyol] It has broken the will of some of us to separate and divide ourselves. And we can only be thankful, "he added.


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