The defeat of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) is a hard blow for Alberto Fernández who has mirrored in these four years in the head of government himself, Pedro Sanchez, whom he considers one of his friends in politics and a model to follow.
He was, along with the Mexican Andrés López Obrador, the European leader who first received him even while the Argentine was still campaigning for the presidency in the formula chosen by Cristina Kirchner and in which she became vice president.
The prospect of a Sanchez ousted from power after snap elections now taking place on July 23 is not the best alternative for Fernandez, whom some imagine with a life as a former president even in the Spanish capital.
It would be necessary to evaluate whether the political weakness of Sánchez now will also affect the summit between the European Union and CELAC that he planned in the temporary presidency of the European Union, for this July 17 and 18. Fernandez and Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero are traveling there.
The triumph of the Popular Party (PP) in the municipal and regional elections last Sunday is also a blow to all Kirchnerism at least symbolic because within the coalition of the Spanish government are its partners, those of Podemos, who are the allies of La Cámpora in Argentina.
Alberto F. embraced Sánchez and also José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the former head of government for the PSOE, a link with Chavismo and who also made strong links with Cristina Kirchner, more inclined to Irene Montero, the Minister of Equality of Spain, with Podemos, and wife of the leader of the podemista left, Pablo Iglesias.
On the contrary, in Together for Change, but especially in the PRO, the Spanish elections this Sunday were experienced as a triumph. It was experienced as "own" because the Popular Party is a direct ally of the group created by former President Mauricio Macri.
"We celebrate the overwhelming success of the Popular Party in Spain, we are part of the same political family and we will continue working together so that this year Spain governs again as well as we do Argentina," said the Secretary of International Relations of the PRO, Fulvio Pompeo, who was secretary of Strategic Affairs of the presidency of Macri.
The former president of Argentina Mauricio Macri (c) and the former president of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, with the president of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo (i) upon his arrival at the "Foro la Toja-Enlace Atlántico", in September of last year. It was on the island of La Toja, in Pontevedra.EFE/Lavandeira jr
Macri forged relations with the historical and current leaders of the PP. With former heads of government José María Aznar and Mariano Rajoy. With them the PRO even militated the Argentine votes in Spain and the Spanish votes in Argentina. For that matter at the time it was a relationship that was also carried from the embassy in Madrid that was in charge of the governor and former senator, Ramon Puerta.
Macri's relationship was consolidated with Alberto Núñez Feijóo, president of the PP now, when he was president of Galicia and Macri head of Government of the City. At the time he made several visits to the country in which he met the main presidential candidates today: Horacio Rodriguez Larreta and Patricia Bullrich.
On Sunday, both went out to celebrate the electoral success of the PP and then so did the deputy Maria Eugenia Vidal. These leaders supported from the first hour Isabel Diaz Ayuso, who was re-elected in the community of Madrid, and with an absolute majority.
Among his sharp definitions, Diaz Ayuso recently had harsh words for Peronism, and fraternal exchanges with the leaders of JxC.
In the middle of the campaign attacking Sanchez, Díaz Ayuso said: "It is going to lead us to ruin. It is the government that first creates poverty and then creates dependence on the state. It's fiscal populism. They take the money from the people and then, as the Peronists do, distribute it in payments, aid, subsidies."