Felipe González confirmed that the PP and PSOE are “condemned to agree” to make reforms that are “necessary.”
The former president of the government, Felipe González, stated this Tuesday that the PP and PSOE, “the two majority formations” that emerged from the elections of July 23 of last year, must accept that “they are judged to agree through free and democratic expression in Spanish.”.
In a tribute to the 45th anniversary of the Constitution organized by the Gregorio Peces-Barba Foundation, González pointed out that “the two majorities increase up to 210 seats needed for reforms that are important, at the constitutional level and at the other. level.” The alternative, he said, is to continue “creating walls and imaginary divisions.”
González accused the government of choosing “omnibus decrees” and called for “overcoming the emergency situation” in which Spain has fallen since the COVID pandemic or the outbreak of war in Ukraine. According to González, the executive took advantage of this situation to justify some of the most controversial decisions. “Taking advantage of the fact that we are in a pandemic, the government goes and makes a decree that changes 25 things, even if they have nothing to do with the pandemic,” he said.
The former president admitted that he “had a bad time” during the plenary session last Wednesday, where only an ‘in extremis’ agreement between the PSOE and Junts allowed the approval of two of the three decrees that the government faces for the first parliamentary vote of the legislature.
González again criticized the amnesty law for the accused in the process. “I want to consult everyone about the amnesty law… or amnesty itself, because it is done by amnesty. How can a law be changed so that the Supreme Court does not raise the question of constitutionality?”
His fellow member, Eduardo Madina, made an introductory speech in which he praised the values of consensus that underpin the Constitution: “The Constitution is the result of four great resignations: Felipe González’s resignation from Marxism, the resignation of Santiago Carrillo in the republic, the resignation of Suárez from the Movement, where he was the Minister General Secretary, and the resignation of Manuel Fraga in the Franco regime, where he was the minister.