Wednesday, January 19

Remodeling of the Government: Sánchez returns to the PSOE | Opinion

Pedro Sánchez, last Saturday during the meeting of the Federal Committee of the PSOE.
Pedro Sánchez, last Saturday during the meeting of the Federal Committee of the PSOE.Chema Moya / EFE

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End of course in style with a government remodeling brimming with messages. As a context, the intention of leaving the pandemic, the economic crisis and the blockade in Catalonia in the past, to face September, the second half of the legislature, with a positive story. That, at least, is the intention: from disease, crisis and conflict to vaccination, recovery and dialogue.

In this scenario, the remodeling of the Government announced by Pedro Sánchez, the most resounding in quantitative terms of this democratic stage, leaves many messages of interest. First, the finding that the coalition government is still an agreement of two, where it has not yet been understood that the key is that the total is more than the sum of the parts. Remodeling the Government to better face the new stage of recovery would be just as valid for the socialist ministers as for the United We Can. However, the purples have not moved any chips, despite the negative evaluation of many of them. There are those who think that they do not have a bench, and those who argue that the fragility of the balance within United We Can is such that it is convenient not to touch any piece. Be that as it may, their immobility does not reinforce them.

Already in the socialist wing, Sánchez has left the key ministries of the new recovery scenario intact. Darias will continue to manage Health to finish tackling the pandemic, Escrivá regarding social protection, Calviño ascends a step and will continue with the economic management and its derivatives with Europe, and Teresa Ribera remains one of the pillars for the management of that Plan of Recovery, Transformation and Resilience. It is clear that, in the key areas of the moment, it has not wanted to introduce instability.

In the announced changes, in addition to assuming an increase in the presence of women in the executive – at the moment the ranking of UN Women— and lower the average age, two blocks can be differentiated. The first, that of those destined to dispense with ministers whose management has put the Government in trouble in recent months. The case of González Laya after the crisis with Morocco is one of them. The second is that of the relays whose reading should be done not so much as a punishment for mismanagement, but in an internal key to the PSOE. Sánchez signs significant people from the teams of those who competed with him in the primaries for his cabinet, makes a nod to the federations where he has the most internal opposition, and reinforces the presence of Ferraz in La Moncloa with the appointment of Óscar López as a substitute for an Iván Redondo who already accumulated many animosities among the Socialists. Three months after the 40th Federal Congress of the PSOE, Sánchez has chosen to return to the PSOE. It remains to be seen if this is enough to regain momentum from the Government. At least, in his part of Government.

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