Changes in Government | Sánchez remodels the Government looking at European funds and settles internal struggles

Very few in the government knew that Pedro Sanchez I was going to make up this Saturday a Council of Ministers renewed from top to bottom, except the economic area. I did have specific information about it Yolanda Diaz, with whom the president had been talking all week about the matter. The chief executive and the future second vice president – thus recovering the position held by Pablo Iglesias since the beginning of the legislature – maintained an open telephone line even with Sánchez in the Baltic countries on an official visit. There were no meetings and there was intense negotiation. That is to say, while the ‘meat crisis’ was unfolding and Sánchez himself pronounced from Lithuania the already famous “a steak to the point, for me it is unbeatable“To censor Garzón’s video, this catharsis was developing in his computers in his head.

The changes of ministers were closed by the president this Friday afternoon. After firing Isabel Díaz Ayuso de Moncloa, the cabinet with which he will try to reach December 2023 was culminating. The remodeling is profound, unprecedented in the sanchismo, and affects only the political area of ​​the PSOE. The economic team has not touched it, thinking precisely of the economic recovery and the imminent European funds, whose first disbursement is scheduled for next week. A message to the European Commission in the sense that Spain is committed to continuity. The Government is already activating the ‘economic mode’ to fight for that discourse, although the PP is also strengthening itself with names of weight. In this framework, that of recovery, the president considers his re-election is going to be at stake.

The economic area of ​​the Government, therefore, remains intact and that is important. It is key to complete the Recovery Plan and, especially, to close the pending reforms in this area. Three are missing and the ministers in charge will continue to work as if nothing had happened: the pension department, led by Jose Luis Escrivá; the labor, by Díaz (who this week has seen the possibility of an imminent increase in the Minimum Wage cooled) and the fiscal, by Maria Jesus Montero, pending the work of the experts. On this triumvirate of ministers, he will pilot the negotiation with the social agents and with Brussels in order to complete the project in which Spain is gambling 150,000 million between transfers and credits. Sánchez does not want shocks here and sends a nod to the community bureaucracy.

Always thinking about that long-awaited recovery – in Moncloa they speak of the “Government of Recovery” -, Sánchez has introduced two important changes in this economic bloc that he directs Nadia Calvin. In the first place, the minister of the branch is promoted to First Vice President due to the departure of Carmen Calvo and causes a chain movement: Díaz goes to the second and Teresa Ribera to the third. There will be no more. The other significant change is that María Jesús Montero, who is leaving the Government Spokesperson, will now have a new responsibility: Public function. In other words, Sánchez recovers the structure that the Ministry of Finance and Public Function had in the Cristóbal Montoro era. The functions of the new third vice president, Ribera, and of Reyes Maroto, Head of Industry. The problems with the electricity bill and in tourism have not led the president to remodel these departments.

Sánchez thought to reduce ministries

Sánchez came to ask his collaborators and Díaz a reduction in ministries. It was one of the options he considered. But one of the reasons that led him to reject this reduction was that the leader of the United Podemos space said no to the purple ones losing some of their ministries. In the UP area, UP decides the future of its ministers. It is the agreement they reached. It was a mandate from the confederal table that Díaz brought to the president. In view of the fact that the reduction would have to be made only in ministries of the PSOE, Sánchez rejected this option. It was this Friday, specifically, when Sánchez decided to maintain the same ministries, the 22.

Few in the Government could foresee during the week that the changes in the Government were going to be carried out this Saturday. All the ministers, in fact, had planned the next week as if nothing was going to happen. Carmen Calvo, without going any further, had planned to bring the draft of Democratic Memory Law, with the outlawing of the Francisco Franco Foundation included. The entire government said goodbye last Tuesday, therefore, without anticipation of changes. They did not know that some were not going to return to the tapestry room in Moncloa where, temporarily, the Councils of Ministers are being held. Nobody assumed that the following week would be very different, with up to seven new faces. And with two heavyweights from the cabinet, three if Iván Redondo is included, out. The revolution was totally by surprise. So much so that Moncloa’s services had to improvise at full speed the president’s displacement to Zarzuela to communicate the changes to Felipe VI.

Sánchez even proposed to his collaborators and to Díaz a reduction of ministries. But he discarded it

On the new faces that make up the new Council of Ministers there are several important men for the remainder of the legislature. One of them is Felix Bolaños, right hand of the president both in the Government and in the PSOE. He worked at Uría Menéndez and was a lawyer at the Bank of Spain. Currently, he coordinates the Presentation ‘PSOE 2030: a party for the future’, which will address the party model in the next Federal Congress of socialism. The future Minister of the Presidency will carry out the coordination work and carry the political weight of the Government. The negotiation with Catalonia will fall on him from now on. It is expected that he will join the bilateral table that will meet after the Diada. And he will assume the entire dialogue, together with Oscar Lopez, with the shadow advisers of Junqueras and Aragonès. It is a more pactist profile, of the center, to face this new political stage.

Rachel Sanchez, for its part, takes the reins of Transport, a department also key in economic matters. It should, for example, get involved in the tolls on the highways to which the Government has committed to Brussels for their conservation. The until now mayor of Gavá also has on the table one of the issues that the coalition is tense: the Housing Law. A detail: in her municipality she was in favor of establishing a regulation in accordance with the Catalan law of the field that the central government has appealed before the Constitutional Court. With Jose Manuel AlbaresBy the way, the new foreign minister, Sánchez had a direct line and consulted him on the most important international affairs.

Sánchez tries to seal the peace in the Government

With all these changes Sánchez also tries to put an end to the internal struggle that existed in the Government. There was constant friendly fire, both between PSOE and United We Can, as demonstrated by the meat crisis, and in socialism itself. The relationship between Carmen Calvo, Iván Redondo, who, as explained this Saturday, is leaving on his own initiative, and José Luis Ábalos was not the most fluid, indicate different government sources, in recent months. That caused tensions that the president has tried to solve at once. What’s more, in recent days the idea circulated that Redondo was moving to occupy a ministry in the new Sánchez government.

In recent days it was circulating that Redondo was moving to occupy a ministry

The arrival of Isabel rodriguez to the Ministry of Territorial Policy and to the Spokesperson it also represents a reconciliation of Sánchez with the Susanista wing of the PSOE. And, of course, the promotion of López as its new director of cabinet sews the party, since the director of Paradores until now was the spokesperson for Patxi López in those primaries of 2017. At United We Can, all the changes in the Government have been good received. They now hope to resolve the tensions of recent weeks that had created a rift between the coalition partners.

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