The president of the Popular Party and leader of the opposition, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, described this Thursday Vox's motion of no confidence against Pedro Sánchez, which ended with a resounding parliamentary defeat, as "an improper and unproductive spectacle", at the height of a "populist" formation and that is far from the road map of the acronyms that he directs. "I do not share this way of doing politics and that is why I have abstracted myself from that absurdity and have dedicated myself to reinforcing the alternative, the only one, which is to rebuild Spain's international image and carry out the politics that our country deserves," he said. .
Núñez Feijóo, who arrived in the community capital on Wednesday night to have dinner with the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and who today has a busy agenda with meetings with three commissioners and attendance at the meeting of the popular family Europe, prior to the holding of a European Council, has marked distances with the Government and with Vox, along the lines that the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, has also followed. When something striking in national politics occurs, the media ask Spanish leaders if their colleagues have asked them about it. The answer, 99% of the time, is no, to try to remove iron. But this time it was Feijóo himself who brought up the subject: "All my colleagues have asked me who the opposition candidate was and how the Government used this show in Spanish politics", he said to emphasize how his trial the motion of no confidence has damaged not only the institutions and the quality of democracy, but also the image of the country a few months after assuming the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU.
"I do not share this way of doing politics. Therefore, I have abstracted myself from this political absurdity. I have dedicated myself to building the alternative," said the popular leader 24 hours after the motion failed with barely the support of Vox. This proves, in the eyes of Feijóo, "the populist and childish politics" that Vox represents and that is far from the PP plan.
As this newspaper has been reporting, the popular seek to quickly shelve a motion of no confidence in which they have kept a low profile, considering that Ramón Tamames was not the right candidate, that the Vox project did not represent "the majority, that is where the PP is", nor the forms used during the debate in Congress. "We have our agenda and our path," Feijóo asserted from Brussels.
The Galician politician has sought to separate himself from both the Government and the rest of the opposition, but also to present himself as a "serious, centrist" alternative in a sea of "populism". "We have seen in this simulation of a motion of no confidence that attachment to the position is the only glue of the broken coalition. The PP does not present itself or make it easier to prop up the government or follow other formations. We have our agenda, our path," he said. insisted.
As he did on his first visit to Brussels last year, the popular leader has met with his colleagues offering a speech focusing on economic policy. In the room, according to sources from the European People's Party, he took the opportunity to point out that he was glad that serious and key issues for Europe were being addressed, such as the loss of competitiveness and international challenges, instead of "theatrical" issues as he defined the motion of censure.
"Sánchez has won another vote, but we want and hope to defeat him at the polls. Not in one, that of Congress, but that of the entire Spanish population that will pronounce all the ballot boxes in the territory. We must turn the page on these four years of populism mixed with independence and a return to serious politics. I am not going to sell a happy arcadia, that is what the current government's populism is for, but rather a normal country. A country of adults. And that is why I will continue doing adult politics and not these games that discredit the institutions, the Spain that we have built", he pointed out. "I am with the millions of people who believe that it has been a waste of time and an instrument to breathe air into a very worn-out president and for Yolanda Díaz to launch her candidacy for appropriation of Podemos and for Vox to regain presence. But to the Spaniards this gives us exactly the same".
One of the topics of the day is the distancing with Vox, foreseeable before elections like those in May but that could also have consequences in the face of possible post-election pacts, but also in the voting strategies of citizens.
Asked about these dynamics and Díaz Ayuso's decision in Madrid, Feijóo has been clear. "I don't know what exactly President Ayuso has said, but she has enough support to make her own policy. Vox is against the Madrid Budget and a fiscal policy that encourages investment, so I understand and share the president's statements to say 'I'm not counting on you' because they're not interested in the Community of Madrid, but to seek revenue from anti-politics and I don't share that," he said.
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