The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, admitted this Thursday that inflation “is dangerous” and constitutes a “concern” for the Executive. Much of the blame for the rise in prices is the electricity bill, which has grown by 44% in year-on-year terms. Despite this, in an interview in La Sexta, Sánchez reiterated his promise that the electricity bill will close this year at the same level as in 2018, discounting the effect of general inflation.
“I keep it,” replied Sánchez, asked about the commitment he made publicly when wholesale energy prices began to rise sharply. The president insisted that the Government “will comply”, among other things, because by December “the Spanish will see that the taxes on the receipt will have dropped by 61% and the fixed costs by 50%.” “We are cushioning the impact that the wholesale price has on the invoice”, defended the socialist, who also showed himself willing to take additional actions if Moncloa detects an “eventual deviation from that commitment.”
In addition, and despite the fact that Brussels will not adopt for now the measures that Spain recently proposed in an informal European Council – namely, the reform of the price formation system, the implementation of a strategic gas reserve and a joint purchase , and measures to curb speculation in the CO2 rights market–, Sánchez insisted on the idea that “this is a European problem” and that, although he would like the EU to “go faster” in designing a joint response, the debate is already gaining ground.
Trust ERC for budgets
The president also referred to the General State Budgets, which this week began their processing in Congress, and he was confident that ERC can turn towards yes, although the Republicans assure that, to this day, they would reject the accounts. “We are going to see in the coming days,” said Sánchez, who considered that it is “difficult” for a “progressive” party to say no to “social democratic” accounts with measures that allow us to walk, in his opinion, towards a “loyal recovery. fairest possible “. On the words of the president Isabel Diaz Ayuso, who has argued that these PGE “steal from Madrid” because they contain half the territorial investment for the Community than for Catalonia, Sánchez replied that they are part of an “electoral strategy” to “confront” with the Executive. “The Government bets for Madrid”, settled.
Asked about pensions and, specifically, in case with the retirement of the baby boom generation the Spaniards will be forced to work more, he wanted to send a message of tranquility, guaranteeing that the system is “sustainable” and affirming that the measures will be “gradual” for bring the effective retirement age closer to the legal age.
Ask Casado to agree to the CGPJ
Another issue that Sánchez addressed was the agreement reached this Thursday by the Government and the PP to renew the constitutional bodies that have their mandate expired, with the exception of the CGPJ. The president thanked the popular for the “unblocking”, because it is “essential to have solid institutions with full legitimacy,” but he insisted that it is also necessary to renew the governing body of the judges: “I would like to ask the PP that, if the Constitution mandates that this renewal be carried out every five years, we will also do so in the next few days.” “I would like to think so,” he added, asked if he sees such an agreement possible, the president, who nevertheless was against reforming the system of election of the members: “We have a system that has worked for 35 years,” said .
He was much tougher with the PP and with Pablo Casado when asked about the popular leader’s statements in which he argued that Spain is on the way to “bankruptcy” and “bankruptcy.” In Sánchez’s opinion, those words “damage the image of Spain” and generate “false alarms.” “This is the opposition we have: it is not unfair with the Government, but with the country,” said the president., who stressed that “Spain is not bankrupt”, but “is growing” and that, according to the IMF, “next year is going to be the industrialized economy that is going to grow the most.” He also criticized the insults he himself suffered during the National Holiday military parade: “Personally, nobody likes to be insulted. Pardons are outside of democracy.”
Explanations of the king emeritus
During the interview, the president also referred to the investigations of the Prosecutor’s Office that affect the emeritus king, Juan Carlos I, and considered that “It would be convenient” for you to give an explanation about the “disturbing information” that affects you and that “undermine the confidence of the Spanish people in the institutions.” Sánchez insisted that all Spaniards are equal before the law and avoided ruling on whether or not the emeritus should return to Spain, a possibility that has been speculated in recent weeks.
It was clearer when asked about the investigation of a court regarding the entry of the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, to Spain, a case in which the former Foreign Minister, Arancha González Laya, is charged. According to Sánchez, this entry was made in compliance with “the law.” “We did what we did and we did it well. I hope that Justice agrees with us,” said the president, who nevertheless avoided specifying whether he “authorized or ordered” that entry. “It is sub iudice and I do not want to pronounce myself, I should not, in this regard,” he excused himself.
Finally, he referred to the 40th Congress of the PSOE, which is held this weekend, and celebrated the climate of “unity” that exists in his party after overcoming “debates” that have “torn” the organization. “I think there is a wave of social democracy that tells us that citizens want the crisis to be managed without cuts or austerity,” said Sánchez, who noted that he has not “had the opportunity” to speak with Iván Redondo since he dismissed him as head of cabinet. “We are in a new stage,” he settled.