More than 100 days have passed since the general elections and, even so, Pedro Sánchez will arrive this Saturday at the congress that the European socialists are going to hold in the city of Malaga without having managed to be sworn in as president. The team of the candidate for re-election hoped to have signed the agreement with Junts by then, the last major obstacle that remains to complete the heterogeneous majority that he needs in the Congress of Deputies, but in recent days the negotiations have become entrenched, disrupting the Until now, the latest forecast was that the vote would be this week.
The general secretary of the PSOE was also unable to appear with this procedure resolved at the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the European Union (UE), which was held a month ago in Granada. It was in that institutional framework in which, escorted by the highest authorities of the 27, he referred for the first time to the “amnesty” calling it by name and justified it as “a way of trying to overcome the judicial consequences of the situation that Spain experienced one of the worst territorial crises.”
Precisely the discrepancies with Carles Puigdemont’s party over the text of the law that will regulate this measure of grace for those involved in the illegal independence referendum in Catalonia in 2017 have prevented Sánchez from being able to reunite with his political family as president without the tag of “in functions”. The resignation this week of his Portuguese counterpart and energy partner, Antonio Costaafter it emerged that he is being investigated for the alleged crimes of prevarication, corruption and influence peddling in the awarding of lithium and green hydrogen businesses, has contributed to tarnishing the conclave of European socialists.
The first setback that Sánchez suffered in his plans for the reissue of a coalition government with Sumar occurred on August 22 with the King’s assignment to the leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, as a candidate for the investiture in a plenary session that was held at the end of September in which he did not achieve the required majority. The weeks have passed since then and the candidate to remain at the head of La Moncloa continues trying to gather the votes he lacks while he begins to press the countdown of the electoral repetition: if the November 27 has not been re-elected, a new appointment will be automatically called with the polls for the January 14.
In this waiting period, the general secretary of the PSOE goes to Malaga on Saturday to close a two-day congress in which the European socialists will set their priorities for the European Parliament elections in June 2024. The “crucial” decision What the EU faces is whether it continues to advance “along the path it traced from its origins” or, on the contrary, returns to “dark times already forgotten”, as stated in Ferraz.