The president of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, also wants to put the European Union on alert regarding this open phase regarding the investiture of the next president of Spain, just when the country exercises the rotating six-month presidency of the EU. Feijóo went this Friday to close a campus of the FAES Foundation of former president José María Aznar and took advantage of the event to launch all kinds of warnings about the dangers that threaten the country, its Constitution and even certain critical politicians who fear a change of the current president and candidate of the PSOE, Pedro Sánchez, in favor of an amnesty for those prosecuted for the independence process in Catalonia. Thus, Feijóo has accused Sánchez before the vice president of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, sitting in the front row of the auditorium, of launching “a strategy to undermine the basic principles of democracy” and the Constitution “to remain in the power” and “to silence and delegitimize” any critic, even of the PSOE.
The closing ceremony of the FAES 2023 campus was framed under the heading “Europe in transformation”. The general secretary of Aznar’s foundation, Javier Zarzalejos, already warned in the presentation, even with quotes from Quevedo, that no one and nothing is going to silence them in their criticism of what they understand is happening now in Spain. The moderator, Vicente de la Quintana, a Basque PP politician from the hardest sector, anticipated his tone by underlining that in that forum it was preferred to “interview statesmen” over “the fashion” of others of interviewing terrorists, in an allusion without citing to the film yet to be presented by Jordi Évole about the ETA member Josu Ternera. Margaritis and Aznar did talk about Europe, its innocence and its risks and uncertainties, without getting into any more shenanigans.
Aznar did not make any reference, neither before, nor during the talk, nor after, to the attacks he has received in these days of coup practices from members of the Government for comparing the current situation to what caused the emergence of the Basta Ya! movement. of fight against ETA. Nor did he comment on his participation, also with former president Mariano Rajoy, in the event called by the PP against the possible amnesty for those prosecuted for the process in the week prior to the inauguration of Alberto Núñez Feijóo, which the party confirmed this Friday. The event, in the end, will be held on September 24 at noon on Felipe II Avenue, next to the Wizink Center (former Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid). It will not be, as had been announced, in the Plaza de España, due to “issues of capacity, availability and accessibility,” popular sources stated.
Feijóo, in that context, did not allow himself to develop his ideas about Europe and its threats, but rather entered fully into the panorama of the local, Spanish “political league”, full of accusations and trenches again in these days prior to his session. of investiture. He showed his support and that of the entire PP to Aznar for “the crazy attacks” this week that he has received from several ministers and specifically cited those of the spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, which seemed to him “one more example of the drift of the Government in office” and that he understands that he is “producing an institutional assault on all political spheres in Spain.” Feijóo joked there with Aznar, and the audience applauded the joke, saying that if the former popular president were really a “coup plotter,” Sánchez’s Executive “would pardon him and then ask him to vote for him at his inauguration.” He then asked for the resignation of the acting minister.
The former president of the Government José María Aznar (on the left) participates this Friday in Madrid in an event of the FAES foundation, together with the vice president of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, in the center, and the moderator Vicente de la Quintana.FERNANDO VILLAR (EFE)
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Already in that tone, the PP candidate for the investiture denounced the attempts of the Government, the PSOE and Sánchez “to deactivate any dissenting voice” and included these actions in “a strategy” of the entire Executive in full “to attack every day to the opposition” for months and who observes that “it has intensified” now “to silence and delegitimize any opposition that they consider inadequate, even if it was theirs only a few weeks ago.” Feijóo once again recovered all the reproaches he has made to Sánchez since the 23-J elections about not congratulating him for his victory in seats and votes, about not accepting his defeat, about appealing to the Constitutional Court in the offices of the recount of ballots in Madrid, which belittles the 11 million voters who opted in those elections for right-wing and far-right parties that support his investiture and even the long calendar of that date that he agreed bilaterally with the president of the Cortes, Francina Armengol .
The popular leader alluded to the expulsion this Thursday by the PSOE of the former general secretary of the party in Euskadi, Nicolás Redondo Terreros, who has been out of the spheres and current harmony in that organization for a long time, to ensure that he had been expelled for defending the original socialist ideology and attacked Sánchez again by presuming that he is legitimizing an upcoming amnesty law. Feijóo thinks that Sánchez does not have the legitimacy to compose this norm, he repeated that the Secretary General himself and many of his ministers maintained this just a few months ago, and concluded that it is “blackmail.” Feijóo asked Sánchez to “go back and deny that he is willing to give in to the illegal claims of the independence movement.” He later came to define as “immoral” the presumption that Sánchez “is willing to do anything to come to power.”
It was Feijóo himself who, at the end of his speech, placed all these accusations in the current scenario in which Spain holds the current presidency of the European Union. And he did so to highlight that this opportunity to debate real underlying problems is being wasted in exchange for continuing “anchored in division, trenches and bloc politics” in what he classified as “an unprecedented threat to the democratic system” with proposals that do not fit, according to him, in the Constitution. The popular leader acknowledged that the country has faced important challenges on other occasions, but stressed that now “the novelty is that the challenge is posed by one of the State parties, which seems willing to give in” and that he understands that it allows “attacks on the Constitution and the consensus that made it possible.” Faced with all this, Feijóo repeated the six national pacts that he has been offering to the PSOE for some time in exchange for assuming the presidency for two or more years and to “put aside populism and nationalism.”
Feijóo ended with a reminder that in three weeks, on October 6, the informal summit of heads of state in Granada is scheduled for this Spanish presidency of the EU, a few days after the debate on his investiture that has no signs of succeeding, and he bet that then Spain could be in the news “because governability depends on the illegal demands of the independentists or the challenges that threaten it are overcome.”
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