Thursday, July 7

The PP demands to reduce ministries and lower taxes without waiting for the 29th


The First Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calviño, intervenes, in the presence of the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, at the Government control session held this Wednesday. / EFE

Sánchez avoids confronting the PP on the eve of the negotiation of the national response plan to the consequences of the war and accuses Vox, on the other hand, of being aligned with Putin’s interests

Paula de las Heras

The PP is meeting today with the Government to discuss the national plan to respond to the crisis caused by the war in Ukraine that the Executive wants to approve at the Council of Ministers on March 29. But the control session in Congress already showed, first thing in the morning, some discrepancies. The fundamental one: the popular ones maintain that it is necessary to act now, not in two weeks. The parliamentary spokeswoman, Cuca Gamarra, insisted on the demand of her party to undertake a tax cut without delay and demanded that Sánchez also “set an example” and eliminate ministries.

Barely an hour before meeting with the three vice presidents – the Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño; that of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, and that of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera- and the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, Gamarra argued that the Executive is requesting resignations from some citizens for whom going to the supermarket or filling the tank of their vehicles is has become a “luxury” and that, in this scenario, maintaining a government structure that costs “108 million euros more per year” is even “immoral”.

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The popular leader echoed in her speech a report by the Institute of Economic Studies according to which Spain could reduce “inefficient” public spending by 14%, around 60,000 million euros, without lowering the quality of public services . “You cannot continue to maintain three vice-presidencies and 22 ministries,” she stressed, before insisting that “yesterday it was too late” to abolish the special tax on hydrocarbons and reduce VAT to 10%.

european patriotism

Sánchez did not respond directly to these proposals and limited himself to stressing that his intention is to agree with the PP and with all the groups in the Chamber on a joint response to the situation “that Putin has caused” as the EU is doing. “I ask that we do a real exercise in European patriotism and that means being united in responding to Putin – he insisted – he, in solidarity with Ukraine and in responding to the economic consequences.”

“Europe will prevail; you, Salvini, Le Pen and Putin will not get away with it”, snaps the President of the Government to Santiago Abascal, on the eve of the demonstration that he encourages for next Saturday

On the other hand, the President of the Government was tougher in his response to the leader of Vox, Santiago Abascal, who has refused to participate in the Executive’s round of contacts. Abascal, who will lead the demonstration called this Saturday in Madrid against the general rise in prices, accused Sánchez of worsening the situation of Spaniards who are suffering from their “ecological ideology” with the “criminalization” of diesel, fracking or nuclear . And he joined the demand to lower taxes and reduce ministries, but specifically he pointed to one, Equality. “Use the 20,000 million euros that Mrs. Montero wants to use in the war of the sexes – he caricatured him – to guarantee energy sufficiency for families.”

Sánchez replied that Vox’s attitude fulfills all the dreams of the Russian president, who has always tried to divide the EU by considering it a risk to his authoritarian regime. “What Putin would like is what you are trying to do, for Europe not to be united but divided, for discouragement to spread, for there to be demonstrations like the ones you encourage, not against the invasion and the war in Ukraine but in against the governments that fight them. The Chief Executive stressed that this is precisely the reason why Russia has always supported all the political leaders of the European extreme right, with whom Vox has ties. Leaders who, if they governed, would have caused him, he said, the “death” of Europe.

“Putin would like authoritarian governments in Europe,” he insisted, “but that is not going to happen. Neither Spain nor Europe will allow it. Europe will prevail; you, Salvini, Lepen and Putin will not get away with it.”


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