State policy ceased to exist when José María Aznar placed counterterrorism policy outside the consensus and announced that nothing escaped the work of the opposition. Later, he would accuse Felipe González of maintaining a begging attitude in Europe as a result of our admission. European plans that later came in handy, during his tenure, to reduce the income gap with European countries, although he did not know how to take advantage of them sufficiently. Something similar has tried the Popular Party of Pablo Casado with the 750 billion from the European Reactivation Plan. When Pedro Sánchez negotiated the 145 billion for Spain, Pablo Casado met with his correspondents from the European People’s Party to complain about the Sánchez government.
Although the political scramble continues, the popular seem to give up the battle in the interior, and turn to their European counterparts. They take for granted that there is a coalition government for a while. The PP has boasted in the press of its European influence, true, after all, the right is the majority in the European Union – it governs in coalition with socialists and liberals. Apparently their complaint on the European front paid off, dismissing as authoritarian the attempt to reform the election system of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ); the government froze the processing of the bill. The PP has repeatedly described the state of alarm before the EU as a danger to democratic freedoms. Hence, they say, his opposition, especially when he referred to Madrid. Using his influence on Rupert Murdock’s media – in which Aznar is an advisor – such as the Financial Times to launch in Europe the pitiful image of President Ayuso as a victim of interference.
The reform of the CGPJ will be paralyzed until the “New Generation” reactivation budget is approved, and the Commission avoids the blockade threatened by the Hungarian President, Víktor Orban. The European Parliament wants to make aid conditional on respecting the rule of law. Aznar’s protégé, Orban, threatens to veto the reactivation budgets. The dismissals and appointments of judges in Hungary and Poland are an authentic dictation of the Executive, and the Commission has already warned them. The election of the CGPJ by the judges themselves, as proposed by the PP, is less democratic than the election by the absolute majority of Parliament. If there is no agreement before, the project will be reactivated as soon as the budgets are approved, after all, it is Europe who questioned whether the mandate of the CGPJ has been maintained for two more years with full powers.
The last European llantina of the PP has been the accusation against the Spanish government of jeopardize freedom of the press, by the procedure that the National Security Council has published to fight against disinformation in Spain and external interference. Those that foreign powers have done in Spain, in Europe and in the United States, during electoral times. The procedure drawn up by the National Security Council responds to the action plan that the European Council approved two years ago and whose transposition is a requirement of the Council itself. That they have clarified.
The gateway for popular complaints in Europe is the Petitions Committee that presides Dolors Montserrat (PP), where the European People’s Party can have a majority with the extreme right, those of Vox, and those of Freedom and Justice of Poland.
The Spanish right has discovered the European front as a strategy to lament and stop the initiatives of the “social communist” government of Spain, as they like to repeat; even risking the approval of the General Budgets, essential to receive the 145 billion of recovery funds. In my opinion, in addition, what is really worrying is whether the central, regional and local governments have the capacity to manage the manna of billions that will befall us over several years. It is not about spending for spending, but about developing projects, by sectors defined by the Commission, and managing them in a timely manner. But when some city council, like the one of Alicante is not able to spend austere budgets, neither multiplying modifications of credit. There will be a surplus. We will see.
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