Podemos runs into situations from time to time that place him in front of the mirror of his new reality. That of going from being a formation that previously led a political space and set the agenda to becoming a diluted force within Sumar, where other spokespersons are the ones who call the shots and make decisions.
One of those situations happened this Monday. Sumar and Podemos had called their respective press conferences just half an hour apart in places very far from Madrid, making it impossible to be in both places on time. The purple ones, at 10:00 a.m. at their headquarters on 18 Francisco Villaespesa street. The fuchsia party, at 10:30 a.m. on 14 Larra street. The consequence is that the Podemos press room has been emptied of journalists and there have been no questions.
The scene is unusual for a force that since June 2014 has been used to receiving great media attention. Now that direct competition with Sumar, immersed in negotiations with the independentists and the PSOE for the investiture of Pedro Sánchez, has left him out of focus.
Thus, the appearance of Podemos co-spokespersons, Isa Serra and Pablo Fernández, has been limited solely to the issues that both have wanted to present in public. "And that's it. Thank you very much," the leader closed when she had concluded her part, without her being able to give the floor to receive questions about current affairs. As usual. The contrast has occurred in Ernest Urtasun's call, where questions about the amnesty and other topics have followed one another.
It is the first time that Sumar and Podemos agree to call on Mondays almost at the same time. Last week, which had the novelty of being the beginning of the school year, there was no appearance by the fuchsia party because the controversial meeting between Yolanda Díaz and Carles Puigdemont took place. Yes, there was on the part of Podemos, which took a position on the various current affairs, among them, the aforementioned meeting in Brussels, of which he said that he had no knowledge. Something that sources from Sumar have already denied, who indicated that all the parties of the coalition were notified on Sunday night.
In relation to all this, Sumar recently announced the composition of its spokespersons for the group in Congress. None will be for Podemos, something that has bothered a lot in the party headed by Ione Belarra and Irene Montero, who precisely that Monday denounced that they wanted to "make them invisible."
This Saturday Belarra "will advance the next steps in the Podemos roadmap" for the new stage. He will be at an event in Madrid with his militancy that he also wants to be an exercise of pressure on Díaz so that he can count on Podemos and have ministries.