The Government is puzzled and outraged with the position of the PP on Spanish foreign policy.
The popular ones, despite subsequent rectifications or clarifications —not at all effective if the objective was to retract what had been interpreted—, has called into question the role of the Executive in the Ibero-American Summit and has applauded France against Spain in relation to the respective reforms of the pension model.
This despite the fact that the neighboring country is experiencing days of national emergency due to the violence and riots that have broken out in the streets.
The Government of Pedro Sánchez tries to find reasons to understand the strategy of Alberto Núñez Feijóo, but cannot find them.
In the PP they keep intact their objective of reaching the electorate of the center or even the center left and gaining voters angry with the PSOE.
But the Socialists very much doubt that this could happen if the line of opposition includes, with thick lines, insulting the Government in Brussels for the use and channeling of European funds and for legal reforms, including pensions.
Feijóo's criticism of the Government of Pedro Sánchez for the pension reform, once it was agreed with the European Commission, was the first alert that sounded in La Moncloa when the president was on his way to the capital of the Dominican Republic to participate in the XXVIII Ibero-American Summit.
At the time, the leader of the PP participated in Madrid in a meeting with Latin Americans with the motto
Europe is Hispania
It is not common in Spain, but in other European countries and in the US, to celebrate acts by nationality of birth.
The PP has long leaned towards this segmentation of origin and direct dealings with pastors of evangelical churches.
The truth is that Feijóo, before that audience, reproached the Prime Minister for paying "homage to autocrats."
"Irresponsible, ignorant and poorly informed": was Sánchez's response in his appearance on the same Saturday in Santo Domingo.
In these summits the head of the State of Spain, before Juan Carlos I and now Felipe VI, is a figure of great respect for the Latin American leaders, despite his ideological diversity.
The Spanish king never misses the inaugurations of the rulers of those countries.
Feijóo did not want to question the presence of Spain at the Santo Domingo summit, the person in charge of International Affairs of the PP, the MEP Esteban González Pons, was quick to point out.
What he meant, Pons assured, is that Pedro Sánchez "pays homage to autocrats to whom he shows condescension."
With these accusations, the PP drove home the nail of the government's stupor.
And this Sunday the president of the PP, in another act, insisted that La Moncloa manipulates him.
There was no truce but the accusations rose as far as the eye can see.
“They have such a high democratic deficit that they want to destroy the opposition, that there be no opposition in a democratic regime,” he cried.
The Government has opened the door to Spain to 90,000 Venezuelans, including relevant figures in the opposition to Nicolás Maduro, such as Leopoldo López and his entire family, and offers Spanish nationality to all Nicaraguans who have been stripped of it by Daniel Ortega .
Neither he nor Maduro have attended the Santo Domingo summit.
Yes, there is the Cuban president, Miguel Díaz-Canel.
Relations with the Cuban leaders have always been maintained, with peaks of strong disagreements, both with the PP and the PSOE.
González Pons has not clarified which presidents he was referring to when he made this announcement on Saturday: “On Sunday we will see in the press a photo of Sánchez with a couple of dictators and another, of Feijóo, Díaz Ayuso and Almeida, with the lovers and children of freedom".
He was referring to the act in Madrid with a thousand Latin Americans in which pastors of Christian churches asked God for the president of the PP, the president of the Community of Madrid and the mayor of the capital.
Most of Sánchez's photographs these days are with the King and the rest of the presidents of the summit.
The Government wants to believe that the expansion of the PP to the center, with these wickers, will be minimal or will not occur.
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