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Spain: Pedro Sanchez seeks the support of the radical left for his inauguration


The interim Prime Minister has unveiled a "Progressive Common Agenda" with which he hopes to convince Podemos and its partners.

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Pedro Sanchez and Pablo Iglesias in Madrid, May 7th. PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP

During the past two months, Spanish Socialist Pedro Sanchez has refused to negotiate with Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias, preferring meetings with representatives of civil society. Just twenty days before the deadline to form a government, on 23 September, on pain of the call of new elections, the acting Spanish Prime Minister finally unveiled on Tuesday, 3 September, the "common progressive agenda" with which he intends to get the support of the party of the radical left to his nomination.

Among the 370 measures of the document are bulk free public day care for children from 0 to 3 years, the management of rising rent prices, an increase in university scholarships, a tax on CO2 or the repeal of aspects "The most harmful" of the labor reform. The "Progressive Common Agenda" also promises a minimum wage of 60% of the average wage, the ban on power cuts for households in poverty, the standardization of maternity and paternity leave for sixteen weeks, a minimum tax 15% for large companies and 18% for banks and energy companies ...

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"Some measures sound good," said Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias, who said his party would study the catalog of proposals concocted by the socialist leader. However, the main stumbling block between the two left-wing formations remains: Podemos demands to enter a coalition government, which the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) dismisses. "The programs are often carried away by the wind", justified Pablo Iglesias, assuring that "mistrust is normal in politics".

Portuguese-style government

Pedro Sanchez returns the argument. On July 25, the Socialist lost the vote of inauguration, for lack of agreement with Podemos, although he then proposed in extremis to the party to form a coalition by proposing to him the vice-presidency of the government and several ministries. The radical left considered them too symbolic. "This confirmed our suspicion that a coalition would be like two governments in one," said Sanchez.

The Socialist wants a "Portuguese-style" government, with Podemos as a privileged partner in Parliament - without participation in the executive - on the basis of a programmatic agreement encompassing the entire legislature. "There are no conditions today for turning us into government partners, but that does not mean we have to become adversaries ," he said . If the problem with Podemos is mistrust, let's build trust. "

Source: lemonde

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