Spanish PM calls for ‘unity’ to overcome COVID-19 crisis

All opposition parties should show “unity” in a bid to help overcome the COVID-19 crisis, Spain’s Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said on Monday, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.

“It is time for agreements” and not to fight each other, the prime minister warned, adding that there is no room for “partisan” struggles and that it is time to work hard to achieve a sound economic recovery.

“If Spain wants, Spain can”, he told a group of CEOs of some of Spain’s top companies. The sooner political parties reach a wide consensus “the faster the recovery will be”, Sánchez stressed.

On Wednesday, the socialist PM is set to meet the leaders of the country’s main opposition forces in parliament, including the leader of the conservative Partido Popular (PP), Pablo Casado, and the leader of centrist-liberal Ciudadanos (Citizens), Inés Arrimadas.

One “hot potato” on the political agenda before the end of the year is the urgent need to approve a national progressive budget, with new economic targets, more focused on social issues derived from the COVID-19 crisis.

However, the main obstacle to giving a “green light” for the PP and Citizens is the presence of leftist Unidas Podemos (“Together We Can”) in Spain’s coalition executive.

On Monday, PP’s national spokesperson, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, said that as long as Podemos remains in government, the conservatives “cannot agree on the budget”, noting that this would be a “red line” for PP. (EUROEFE)

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