Monday, November 29

The PSOE rejects that the European Parliament is chaired by a Spanish if it is from the PP


The PSOE would not support the candidacy of a Spanish popular MEP for the presidency of the European Parliament by the fact of being national, as is tradition, if Genoa does not agree to collaborate with the Government of Pedro Sanchez in Madrid.

“We need to see in the PP an attitude of loyalty and cooperation that does not exist today,” warned the president of the Group of European Socialists, Iratxe García Pérez, after the popular Esteban González Pons appear in the pools to preside over the European Parliament from January.

“The PP he has not been loyal for more than two years ”and“ doing a lot of damage not to the government but to the country ”. “Some should spend more time solving

that and not to think about the alliances that popular and socialists can make “, he elaborated in a conversation with journalists in his office of Strasbourg.

No to Cañete and Guindos

González Pons ruled himself out as a candidate for the Eurochamber on Wednesday during an interview with RNE, and at the moment there are no more solid names on the table. But the reaction of Iratxe García is one more example of how the sanchismo puts its partisan interest before the national one.

It is not the first time that it has happened, nor is it limited to the bad relationship that currently exists between Genoa and Moncloa. Already in 2014, the Spanish socialists opposed the former popular minister Miguel Arias Cañete was elected Commissioner of Energy. And again in 2015 they rejected that Luis de Guindos chair the Eurogroup. Arias Cañete got the job but by Guindos no, and the PSOE adopted both positions with Pedro Sanchez as general secretary.

The popular, on the other hand, have always backed the socialists who have run for community office. This is what happened last year when Nadia Calvin elected to the presidency of the Eurogroup, but also previously when Pedro Solbes and Joaquin Almunia became commissioners or Josep Borrell he was elected president of the European Parliament.

Relay open

The pools on the presidency of the European Parliament have been opened after the head of the popular in that chamber, Manfred Weber, announced that he will not stand to relieve the current president, the Italian socialist David Sassoli.

His replacement by a European popular MEP was agreed in writing between socialists, converters and liberals at the beginning of the legislature. In the negotiation participated Pedro Sanchez e Iratxe Garcia he signed the agreement, without tying it to specific candidacies, although Weber’s name was on the minds of both conservatives and socialists.

The resignation of the German now opens a gap that the Italian socialists are trying to take advantage of to consider the agreement invalid and keep the presidency in the hands of Sassoli until the end of the legislature. Iratxe Garcia, As head of the Socialists in the European Parliament, she does not rule out that this is the final position, despite the fact that the first seat of the European Parliament it has always changed tenants in the middle of the term.

«The decision of Weber It has taken many of us by surprise. I do not want to suggest that I am not going to take the commitments into account, but I also say that you have to listen and you have to see where the groups are. There are people who think that balances are not guaranteed ”, he emphasizes. “We do not know if they (the popular Europeans) have a candidate and who he is.”

Although there are still four months to vote again for the presidency of the Eurochamber, the socialists open the door to an uncertain scenario with this position. On Strasbourg Right now there is a power-sharing pact between conservatives, socialists and liberals, which produces a sufficient majority to legislate.

Liberals have already said they stick with the deal after Weber’s resignation, but if Socialists break it, Conservatives might be tempted to seek votes for their new candidate from among other parties. And those who could support him are far-right and anti-European.

Determining choices

Iratxe Garcia he knows it and that is why he tries to play both bands. “This is not just a question of positions” but of what “majorities we are going to be able to form to influence European policies.” According to him, the Socialists “are going to act with great responsibility” but at the same time he warns that no position can be assumed for his group. “When appropriate we will see the best decision,” he stresses.

For that moment to arrive, two unknowns must be cleared: the result of the German elections and the elections for the leadership of the European Socialists. Garcia is running for reelection but to win he needs the votes of the Italian delegation. And this requires continuity to Sassoli.


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