What happened in the last few hours
48 days after the general election on July 23, this is the highlight of the day at 2pm this Monday:
Sánchez challenges Feijóo to six face-to-face debates until the election, but the PP refuses. After a first shock and a week to digest the electoral defeat of the regional and municipal elections, Pedro Sánchez presented this Monday the guidelines of his electoral campaign and among them is a movement to put pressure on the PP and, above all, to remove the issue from the picture of the plebiscite against the president into which the municipals became. The PSOE leader wants a cross campaign with Alberto Núñez Feijóo, the PP candidate, and for this he offers up to six face-to-face debates between now and the elections, one a week. He proposed it in his speech at a conference organized by elDiario.es at the Círculo de Bellas Artes, in Madrid.
Sánchez reiterates that the electoral advance will not affect the Spanish presidency of the EU.Sánchez reiterated in an appearance together with the Swedish prime minister, Ulf Kristersson, that the bringing forward of the general elections to July 23 will not affect the Spanish presidency. “Goals are defined. They are shared by the Member States. I think there is no risk that they cannot be satisfied. There are also other countries that held elections in the middle of their presidency and nothing happened,” he said.
The PP rejects Sánchez’s request for six face-to-face meetings: “Spain is not for eccentricities”. PP campaign spokesman Borja Sémper referred to Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s offer of a weekly face-to-face meeting with Popular Party leader Alberto Núñez Feijóo until 23-J. “We are convinced that Spain is not for eccentricities,” emphasized Sémper.
Add campaign tokens to former Podemos leader Pablo Bustinduy. Sumar, the formation led by Yolanda Díaz, has signed the former leader of Podemos, Pablo Bustinduy, who will join the campaign team. “Since the inception of Sumar, we have wanted to integrate those who demonstrate their commitment to the transformation of our country,” they underline in a party tweet.
We can hasten to the agreement with Sumar: “Let’s hurry up and go together to the generals.” Podemos spokesperson, Isa Serra, has opted once again to reach an agreement with Sumar, an agreement for which they are “working” and which it is urgent to reach as soon as possible, given that the longer it takes to arrive, the less time is left to try to convince voters that “it is possible to win”.
The PNV says it prefers to agree with Sánchez after the 23-J elections. The spokesman of the PNV in the Congress of Deputies, Aitor Esteban, stated that, between the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and the leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, he prefers the former, among other things, due to the predictable pact of the latter with the far-right party Vox. In any case, given possible support for the socialist candidate if he remains in La Moncloa, he said that the support of the PNV should be “much more concrete, with dates and guarantees evaluated”.