Alberto Núñez Feijóo and Borja Sémper, president and spokesperson of the PP, crossed out in different ways but with the same content of the agreement reached by PSOE and Sumar to reissue their coalition government. However, the two ‘popular’ leaders carefully indicated that the agreement between the two partners of the Executive is a “theatricalization” of “wet paper” because what is hidden are the negotiations of the parties on the independence of Catalonia.
Sánchez and his ministers admitted that amnesty for secessionist leaders who led the process was on the table, but they did not take a position on other demands of the independence movement, such as creating the figure of a rapporteur, the fiscal pact with Catalonia, or recognition of Catalan society as a “national minority.”
Feijóo used sarcasm to evaluate the agreement between the two left-wing parties: “If I can be ironic, it is an agreement against all the odds, because everyone already knows that we will not see an agreement between PSOE and Sumar. It’s a surprising deal. And furthermore, if we want to take it seriously, this is an agreement that says more about what the government has not done in recent years than what they say they want to do together in the coming years.
On the contrary, Sémper was angry with the agreement reached between the parties led by Pedro Sánchez and Yolanda Díaz. “They reached an agreement and did not talk about amnesty. What is this joke? Seriously, what is this joke? “It’s a joke in bad taste, but it’s a joke,” said the spokesman of the ‘popular’and then added that “they took us all for idiots.”
In addition, Feijóo asked “that they do not distract us with their pyrotechnics and explain once and for all to the Spanish what we want to know: how the negotiations on the Catalan independence movement, and in exchange for what they sought in the negotiations of the Catalan independence movement.” “It is our right to know it,” added the PP president. In turn, Sémper demanded that the leader of the Executive explain, “In the event that this happens, what is the agreement of Pedro Sánchez with Mr. Puigdemont?”
The points of agreement
Feijóo also accused the socialists and the ‘magenta’ coalition. Thus, he stressed that “generally speaking, the agreement says, first, that we must continue to work to improve the situation of workers from the Ministry of Labor, a Ministry that they managed for the last five years. Second, it is necessary to put daycare centers in the cities, something they already said in the last election campaign. Third, it is necessary to improve the waiting lists if this is an exclusive competence of the autonomous communities. And fourth, it is necessary to withdraw a law from the Government of Rajoy, which has become that in the last five years, they have not had time to withdraw” in reference to the Citizen Security Law.
Regarding the working day of 37.5 hours per week, Sémper decided that “this type of decision must be made within the framework of collective bargaining” and that it will be made “between the employer and the employees, and between employers and unions.
Consequently, for the PP, the agreement reached by the PSOE and Sumar is not a step towards the investiture of Sánchez, but it hides how the President of the Government will bow to the demands of independence to remain in Moncloa.