MADRID – Sánchez to hold new talks with opposition for unity amid pandemic

Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is set to meet the heads of the country’s main opposition forces in parliament, official sources announced on Wednesday.

The Spanish PM will meet the leader of the Partido Popular (PP), Pablo Casado, on 2 September, Spain’s official sources added, EFE reported. The same day, Sánchez plans to meet with the leader of centrist-liberal Ciudadanos (Citizens), Inés Arrimadas.

Among other complex issues on the agenda: the urgency for Spain to soon have a national budget agreed and supported by all political forces, which will be a key instrument to help combat a second wave, and the acute economic consequences for the Iberian country.

As the European Commission proposed this week, Spain could receive a total of €21.3 billion in loans to finance many of the temporary lay-off schemes put in place since April, EuroEFE reported.

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