Sumar faces its most difficult hours. In the final stretch of negotiations with Vice President Yolanda Díaz's team to build a broad left-wing coalition to contest the July 23 general elections, the battle has already moved into the public arena, bringing chaos and noise to already extremely complex talks. Everything seemed about to explode on Tuesday at noon and the weight of Podemos in the lists – mainly in Madrid and Valencia, but also in Catalonia – emerges as one of the main points of friction. The exchange of accusations in the last two days in the media and social networks – any gesture is used on the contrary – weigh down the chances of success of an agreement that, despite everything, nobody rules out yet and that has a deadline until Friday night. In the midst of the controversy, Drago Canarias, the platform led by the former number three of Podemos Alberto Rodríguez announced in the afternoon that it will attend the 23-J within the coalition, and already at night the spokeswoman for Más Madrid, Mónica García, positioned herself on hers in the same sense. "There will be agreement, 100%, I am very optimistic. We are playing a lot," he said on Cadena SER.
The success or failure of the meetings depends to a large extent on the continuity of the coalition government, according to the latest polls. But time is pressing and the welter of declarations contributes to the confusion. The technical teams of much of the space were privately on Tuesday bewildered, sure that only from "discretion" is it possible to forge the pact. A mantra that they repeat in the environment of Sumar, where its leaders reserve any detail of the conversations. Sources of the negotiation trust in the ability of Josep Vendrell, director of Diaz's cabinet and man of maximum confidence of the vice president, to take it forward and compare the method of work and its marathon days, with that of the tables of the social dialogue that have already illuminated 18 pacts.
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The tension soared on Monday night, when late in the day sources of Podemos and the former vice president Pablo Iglesias himself in the SER accused Compromís, Más Madrid and Catalunya en Comú of "vetoing" the party in their territories, something that both the aforementioned formations and the team of Vice President Yolanda Díaz deny. The leader of the Valencian coalition Joan Baldoví answered sharply on Tuesday on the same station. "Compromís has never vetoed anyone." "There are three territories where three political forces are openly saying 'with Podemos, no'. Madrid, the Valencian Community and Catalonia, "said the former leader of the party in an intervention that some interpret as an attempt to burst the negotiations, while others see it as part of the pressure strategy. "Mr. Iglesias lied, Más Madrid has not vetoed any party, I do not understand what the intention is beyond trying to damage the agreement," Garcia also responded.
Sources of Podemos denounced that Compromís demands that the formation of Ione Belarra does not have "not a single" deputy in the community, while in Madrid, the party led by Mónica García "imposes" that the purples obtain only "a third-row position", without clarifying what number they refer to. "Nothing advances because those vetoes are not lifted," they insisted then, although the positions change as the hours go by.
Baldoví criticized Iglesias and wielded the right of Compromís to enforce the results obtained in the last regional elections, disastrous for Podemos in the Valencian Community, when disappearing from the Cortes. "We are talking bilaterally with Sumar and I am surprised that Mr. Pablo Iglesias knows the content. We have never vetoed anyone," he replied. "We have resisted and we also have a territorial implantation, almost 700 councilors (...) From there, we can negotiate. With total discretion, which is how it is done, without sticking your finger in anyone's eye. If I want to understand someone, the first thing I have to do is talk to them with respect and have a good attitude, "he said before specifying that "some person from Podemos does not help to have tranquility when negotiating", and predict that, in the case of the Valencian Community, there will finally be an agreement between Compromís and Sumar, and that this could include Podemos. In Belarra's party, however, it has felt bad that the former deputy supported on Monday in social networks an article by the essayist Santiago Alba Rico entitled "Against unity" and in which he states that Podemos is already "a very dubious asset".
Dissenting voices were added throughout Tuesday morning. Félix López Rey, number two of Más Madrid to the City Council of the capital, openly asked on his Twitter profile that the ministers Ione Belarra and Irene Montero take a step aside. "Imposing Montero and Belarra is a mistake by Pablo Iglesias that endangers the construction of an alternative for progress. It is a time of generosity and high vision. [Alberto] Garzón led the way. Think of the people!" After the publication, shared among its more than 30,000 followers, a senior official of Más Madrid sent a message to the group where all the councilors of the formation are: "We ask you please to be careful and NOT enter to comment on rumors or give opinions that, although legitimate, right now can be counterproductive. " Party sources clarify that López Rey does not belong to the leadership bodies and that his message is not in line with what is being taken to the negotiation to integrate into Sumar, reports Manuel Viejo. "He has calculated neither the timing nor the forum. It is not an opinion of Más Madrid, "said Monica Garcia. The party holds a plenary session with all the militancy this Wednesday to decide how to attend the generals.
The third victim of Iglesias' statements on Monday is Catalunya en Comú, which rejected that there was any condition on the presence of Podemos in the lists and blamed the statements of the former vice president to the "negotiating strategy" of Podemos. Visibly upset, sources of the Catalan organization communicated shortly after noon that the national leadership of Belarra's party had transferred to En Comú Podem (the confluence that brings together the party of Ada Colau and Podem) that "it is negotiating with ERC to present itself in coalition" to the general elections. While Podemos remained silent all afternoon about the veracity of the information, sources of the independence party were quick to deny it "categorically" and asked that the internal disputes of other formations "do not place them in interested leaks." In the organization they interpret that it is only being used to "raise the price" of its negotiation with the team of Vice President Díaz.
"Looking to the future"
In the midst of all the tensions, Alberto Rodríguez announced the integration of his project into the Canarian candidacy. "It is time to look to the future, to have the will to add, to integrate. We go out to win, on 23-J we can have an institutional policy that looks more like our people," he said at a press conference. The formation highlights in a statement that the pact, which has been endorsed by a majority by the confederal assembly of Drago, "respects Canarian obedience in decision-making" and has been carried out "with deadlines and contents".
There are three days left for the agreement – the deadline to register the coalition closes on Friday before midnight – and the tension soars, although between the formations they still trust that there is an agreement and the dialogues, say several, advance. Iglesias himself acknowledged that the problem was only in three communities. The municipal and regional elections were a hard blow for Podemos and although the behavior of the voter is not comparable, different sources admit that the organization in the territories is demobilized and does not have the capacity to campaign. A breakdown of the negotiations would put the party in a very delicate situation, with different voices that have been working in favor of the pact for days. Outside the ministerial agenda, Díaz travels this Wednesday to the Doñana natural park accompanied by the newly appointed campaign spokesman of Sumar, MEP Ernest Urtasun, to meet with environmental associations, in a gesture that aims to transfer the "importance and centrality" that climate and social justice have in their project, in contrast, they explain, with the policies of the PP.
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