The end of the political course was spoiled this Tuesday to Pedro Sanchez. His coalition partner was wielding the hatchet again as in the old days of Pablo Iglesias as second vice president.

The leader of Podemos and Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra, He put on the suit of his predecessor and attacked the Executive for the Crown, precisely coinciding with the traditional summer office of the Prime Minister with the King in the Marivent Palace, in Mallorca, and for the takeover of the foreign group IFM on Naturgy , one of the most important measures that the last Council of Ministers approved, with conditions, before the holidays.

For the first, he took as a current hanger the first anniversary of the departure of the King Emeritus of Spain, which already in the summer of 2020 represented a strong confrontation between Iglesias and Sánchez.

In a long Twitter thread, Belarra went so far as to accuse the PSOE, even veiled, of covering up the financial irregularities of Juan Carlos I, alluding to the attitude of the Socialist Group in the Congress of Deputies.

The Socialists have repeatedly opposed, along with the center-right parties, the possibility of a parliamentary investigation of the former Head of State, even when lower house lawyers ruled that it was feasible. An attitude that, in the opinion of the purple leader, “calls into question the very principle of the parliamentary monarchy.”

The echo of his messages on the social network arrived, first, at the press conference after the Council of Ministers, where the Government spokesperson, Isabel rodriguez, He made an effort to get away from the controversy, even assuring, at the insistence of the informants, that he was not going to reiterate his position, after having expressed his “recognition” to the “orientation in the matter of transparency” that in his opinion he is giving to the monarchical institution Felipe VI.

Sánchez defends the King

“I am not going to make any further comment regarding the statements of other ministers, each and every one is responsible for their statements,” Rodríguez concluded. And that same echo came later, as was logical, to Sánchez’s own press conference in Mallorca after the office with the Monarch.

The president also alluded to the King’s commitment to “updating and transparency of the Crown”, although the Government assures that for the moment “there is no news” about the reform of the Law that regulates it, announced by Sánchez himself last Christmas .

On that occasion the leader of the opposition, Pablo Casado, welcomed it favorably, showing himself willing to address it in the future. Asked by journalists whether he had discussed the situation of the Emeritus outside of Spain in the office, Sánchez denied it tangently and laconically.

Felipe VI and Pedro Sánchez, this Tuesday in Marivent.


Hours after his thread on the Monarchy and the last meeting of the Council of Ministers course, Belarra took up Twitter again to lash out at the Government, this time criticizing IFM’s bid on Naturgy. A decision that the third vice president had previously explained at the Moncloa press conference, Teresa Ribera, next to Nadia Calviño and Margarita Robles.

If Ribera tried to ward off possible misgivings about the entry of a foreign investor into a strategic sector, detailing the conditions imposed on the investment fund, which the spokesperson Rodríguez described as “unprecedented”, Belarra affirmed that “today we have lost an opportunity to protect our energy sovereignty “.

Something, added the minister and secretary general of Podemos, “which is key to firmly committing to climate neutrality and to guaranteeing affordable access to energy for all citizens.” Quite a knock, in short, to the Ribera business, responsible for the Ecological Transition portfolio.

The departure of Iglesias from the Government and even his subsequent withdrawal from politics after the electoral failure on March 4 in Madrid was a relief for the socialist part of the Government. The relationship with the current second vice president, Yolanda Diaz, it is much more fluid. But Belarra, in charge of electorally refloating a ship like Podemos with serious drainage routes, keeps the flame of internal tension alive.

This tension not only affects matters relating to the Monarchy or energy policies, but also to other areas such as the policies promoted by the Ministry of Equality Irene Montero. Something that will surely leave new episodes of tension within the Government from September. And it is that Podemos needs to mark its own profile, as the surveys have revealed.


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