Thursday, June 17

The King presides over an act of the Elcano Institute with the presence of González, Zapatero and Rajoy


The king attends with González, Zapatero, Rajoy and Cospedal to an act of the Elcano.

The king attends with González, Zapatero, Rajoy and Cospedal to an act of the Elcano.

The king has participated this Wednesday with the former heads of the Government Felipe González, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Mariano Rajoy in the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Elcano Royal Institute (RIE), in which he has also been Maria Dolores de Cospedal as vice president of the study center.

De Cospedal has learned of her accusation together with her husband, Ignacio López del Hierro, in the caso Kitchen, on the alleged espionage of the former treasurer of the PP Luis Bárcenas in 2013, minutes before the RIE meeting began at the Palacio de El Pardo in Madrid.

The act of this Wednesday was the premiere of the former secretary general of the PP as vice president of the Elcano Institute, position to which he acceded on February 2 after the appointment of José Juan Ruiz as head of the institution, dedicated to analyzing foreign policy.

After hearing the news of his accusation, De Cospedal has participated in the meeting, where he has been placed in the presidential part with the Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles.

The Government was also attended by the second vice president and head of the Economy, Nadia Calviño; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya, and the Minister of Culture and Sports, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes.

The only former head of the Executive who has not taken part in the meeting in person has been José María Aznar, who has intervened through videoconferencesources from the study center have informed EFE.

Aznar’s telematic intervention has prevented repeating the photo that was taken in June 2019, when the four former presidents met for the first time at the meeting of the governing body of the RIE, which was held on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the proclamation of Felipe VI.

The meeting of the board of trustees coincided with the diplomatic crisis between Spain and Morocco that began on April 18 when it was learned that the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Gali, He was admitted for covid-19 in a hospital in Logroño.

Gali left Spain on Tuesday for Algeria, although Morocco has warned that the crisis with Spain will not be resolved with the return of the Saharawi leader.

The Moroccan Foreign Ministry said last Monday in a statement that the diplomatic litigation when “Spain unambiguously clarifies its elections, its decisions and its positions” in relation to Western Sahara.

The Government of the Maghreb country reproached that while it sided with the unity of Spain before the independence challenge in Catalonia, Spain has not done the same in relation to the Saharawi conflict.

In addition to the crisis with the Alawite kingdom, the meeting of the RIE It has coincided with the open political debate on the possibility that the Executive of Pedro Sánchez grant a pardon to the Catalan independence leaders who are imprisoned.

González was against last week the Government granting this grace measure, while Rodríguez Zapatero is favorable to open a new political stage in Catalonia.

In the session, they have been about thirty employers in person and another dozen have done so virtually.


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