Santiago Abascal at the Vox event in Madrid this Sunday.
Santiago Abascal at the Vox event in Madrid this Sunday.Andrea Comas

Vox rejects the pre-eminence of European courts over national ones, one of the foundations of the EU, and proposes to “recover judicial sovereignty” and “proclaim the primacy of national law over European law in matters that affect the common good of Spain and the interests State generals ”. This is how it appears in the Spain Agenda that this Sunday the leader of the party, Santiago Abascal, presented at the massive rally with which the two days of festivities held at the Madrid fairgrounds culminated under the title Viva 21.

Abascal thus joins the order launched by Poland against the European Union, which has placed it on a collision course with the community institutions and has opened an unprecedented crisis since the Brexit. The leader of the ultra-conservative Polish Law and Justice party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, was one of the foreign leaders who intervened at the Vox rally, in his case by videoconference. Kaczynski did not allude to his confrontation with Brussels, but he rejected the European “utopia” and advocated a Union based on cooperation between sovereign states.

The so-called Spain Agenda is Vox’s alternative to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approved by the UN General Assembly in 2015, although in reality it is an update of the 100 points that Vox presented as an electoral program in October 2018.

The document aligns Vox with global warming deniers. Although he presents himself as a defender of the environment, he disqualifies scientific studies, calling them a “climate religion”, rejects “policies aimed at reducing CO₂ emissions” and proposes as an alternative the interconnection of all hydrographic basins, and reforestation. It also advocates “suspending all climate regulations imposed by globalist elites that seriously affect the interest and prosperity of the Spanish.” That is, not reducing emissions but looking for CO₂ sinks.

Abascal’s speech did not focus, however, on presenting his program but on attacking Pablo Casado, whom he described as “jinx”, for the conviction of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and the resignation of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, after intervening in the convention of the PP. Abascal predicted that Casado “will not repeal anything or reach any government because Spaniards cannot be lied to” and warned him that he cannot take Vox’s support for granted. “He is still obliged to vote for us,” he added.

The Vox party ended without fulfilling what had been announced as one of its highlights: the burning of a fault that represented the 2030 Agenda, with a feminist, an environmentalist and a left-wing magnate. The Madrid City Council did not authorize it to be burned.

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