Tuesday, June 28

Sánchez and Aragonès face a decisive end of the year for the stability of their governments


The Prime Minister has already passed the litmus test of the amendments to the whole to his budget project and he has achieved it precisely from the hand of the President of the Generalitat, who agreed to withdraw the ERC veto at the last moment in exchange, among other things, for written guarantees that the future audiovisual law it would entail mandatory quotas for televisions and platforms to invest in production in Catalan. It remains to put the fine print on that commitment and the matter is complex and slow cooker, as EL PERIÓDICO advances.

The sudokus of Moncloa

In any case, Moncloa expects to finalize the parliamentary processing of its Budgets for next year around Christmas Eve, with enough time to simultaneously solve the sudokus of the labour reform and the pensions, which, together with other regulations such as the one that affects precisely the audiovisual sector, the EU requires Spain to deliver the funds that give meaning to its Budgets. And that, inevitably, they are also the essence for the accounts of Catalonia to be as expansive as they pretend to be.

These Catalan accounts are currently hanging on the CUP. With the PSC and the ‘commons’ waiting for what happens with the anti-capitalists to take over. The scenario for Aragonès is not the most favorable. After pointing out Junts that his transfer capacity has been exhausted with the gestures on the Hard Rock and the Winter Olympic Games, any new nod to the CUP could open another internal fissure in the Government. And from Malaga to Malagón. Because also the eventual replacement of the CUP, if its bases opt for the amendment to the whole, could generate a new ditch in the Executive Council.

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The owl of the PSC

And it is that the puigdemontistas wish to agree on the accounts with the PSC, in line with the agreements between them on the extension of El Prat, finally failed, and in the Barcelona Provincial Council, while ERC would opt for the ‘commons’. By active, that is, because In Common We Can continues to defend a referendum as a way out of the conflict (although recently he said that now is not the time), and passively, for not agreeing with the PSC.

Beyond breaking any not only pro-independence majority, but also self-determination, the Republicans want to flee from the scene of reciprocal support with the socialists. Because it takes away their strength and ability to coerce in Congress. And they remember that the ‘comuns’ already favored, with their vote, the current budgets, when Aragonès was the economic vice president of Quim Roast. In the background lies the desire of Esquerra and JxCat to hang the owl on the partner (and, nevertheless, enemy) of ‘friend number 1’ of the PSC. Hence, for example, that one of the arguments with which ERC tries to convince the CUP is that its hypothetical ‘would not’ leave open the cathole through which the socialists sneaked in to end the 52% pro-independence majority achieved in the urns.

Another negotiation in progress

And it is that the paths between republicans and socialists already intersect too many times, apparently from ERC. Not only in the dialogue table, in which, they say, they work discreetly until the formal and public appointment of January, but also in the negotiation of the renewal of the 120 positions of bodies dependent on the Generalitat, such as the Ombudsman and the dome of TV3 and Catalunya Ràdio. Republican sources acknowledge that it is being negotiated, but that the positions are still “distant.” Sánchez could also take advantage of the next few weeks to tighten the PP in order to finish squaring his circle with the pact to renew the General Council of the Judiciary, which is about to expire three years.

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Once Sánchez and Aragonès have passed (or not) their respective budget Stations of the Cross, the dialogue table will be reactivated. Government and Generalitat sources point out that it would be desirable that in the first meeting of 2022 some agreement could be blessed, so that the citizens and those parties that, like Junts, refuse for the moment to occupy the place they have. reserved in this forum, you will see its usefulness. The same occurs with the bilateral commission, in which the Generalitat has just raised 56 transfer claims.


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