The recurring expression that a picture is worth 1,000 words is particularly relevant. The photo is from December 17, 2019. It shows three members of EH Bildu very smiling –Oskar Matute, Gorka Elejabarrieta y Mertxe Aizpurua– posing standing in an office of the Congress of Deputies with two representatives of the PSOE, Adriana Lastra y Rafael Simancaswho wear a marked rictus of seriousness.
With this snapshot, the inclusion for the first time of the Abertzale left in the political negotiations for the investiture of a President of the Government was made official. Pedro Sanchez She then needed an abstention from her parliamentary group to be able to remain at the head of the La Moncloa Palace and she achieved it after thus ending the isolation to which she had been subjected since her arrival at the San Jerónimo race chamber in 2011.
Four years later it will be the socialist candidate and re-election candidate himself who poses in the photo with the representatives of EH Bildu in the Lower House. On this occasion he needs the affirmative vote of his six deputies and the formation he leads Arnaldo Otegi He has already promised to give it to him without “red lines in public”, but with a discreet negotiation in which he will ask him to “talk about the national problem normally.”
To formalize this contact, Sánchez met today at 9:30 a.m. with the nationalist spokesperson in Congress, Mertxe Aizpurua. This is a first contact, since the details of the agreements reached prior to the investiture session – for which there is still no date – will be closed outside the press spotlight by the members of the negotiating team appointed by Ferraz.
Subsequently, starting at 11 in the morning, the acting President of the Government will close the round of talks for his re-election that he is holding personally with all the groups with representation except Vox, which he left out from the first moment. He will be in a meeting with the head of the Junts per Catalunya list (JxCat), Miriam Nogueraswho, like EH Bildu, in 2019 was also received by Lastra and Simancas along with her teammate Laura Borras.