The Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell, assures that the president of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, has not transferred him "any offer" personally to be the next candidate of the PSOE to the European elections to be held on May 26. He has not confirmed that he will be the candidate and he has also denied saying he will not be. Without revealing his intentions, he has assured that he knows who will be thanks to "collateral conduits" and he has not wanted to rule out that he will be. In another order of things, Minister has predicted that ERC and PDeCat will allow the debate of the general budgets of the State because they will not finally present any amendment to the whole and has criticized the pro-independence parties for their past attitude towards secession taking into account how complicated the Brexit is.
In his speech at the Europa Press Information Breakfast held this morning, Borrell has once again branded the leaders of the former Catalan Hautlin flautist executive "that" took Catalonia to the precipice "with its secessionist pretensions. According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Brexit, on which there will be a vote on Tuesday, "shows me that seeing how complicated it is to separate a country that ultimately had its own currency, institutions, borders, participation in the world. .. that had everything that an independent country has (...) how it is possible that someone made believe that you could do independence overnight, "has been questioned. It was then that he attacked "the group of Hamelin flute players who took the precipice to Catalan society", in reference to the leaders of the independence movement that proclaimed the DUI.
Without explicit reference to the trip that President Quim Torra makes these days to the United States. With the intention of internationalizing the 'procés', or the trial that will begin shortly in the Supreme Court, Borrell has again shown optimism regarding the attitude of ERC and PDeCat regarding the state budgets, but in a more moderate way than in other occasions, like when he launched the bet that finally they would vote for them. On this occasion, the minister has predicted that the independence formations will allow the process by not presenting any amendment to the whole or support any of those that may present PP or Cs.
For Borrell, the independentistas "are a complicated and divided group of people". But he has opined that "Catalan society should put pressure on the budget to be approved". In his opinion, the accounts are good for Spanish and Catalan society, because it is a "progress" budget.
However, the minister has rejected the counterparts that have to do with the self-determination reiterated by ERC and PDeCat: "If petitions are requested as counterparts that go beyond the constitutional edge and that will not be granted by any government, it is an attitude of internal consumption. to maintain tension but do not lead to anything positive, "he warned.
In spite of everything, Borrell is convinced that "they are not going to submit an amendment to the whole and they will allow debate", which "is already a step". Although this time he has refused to "make another bet".
As for his political future and the voices that place him as the one chosen by President Sánchez to be the PSOE candidate for the European elections on May 26, the foreign minister has assured that "there is no offer" in this respect. beyond the "praise of the president that I thank". the leader was referring to the words of Sanchez in his last interview in which he claimed that Borrell would be a great candidate, although he assured that there were other options that he was considering. The minister has admitted that "Europe is a great task that anyone wants to interest", although "at the moment I am in the ministry and I am delighted".
When asked if he knew the chosen candidate, he said yes, "but I can not say," he said. And he said he knew "through collateral channels." When it has been assumed that he would not be elected, the minister has qualified: "I have not said that I will not be the candidate", but he has not wanted to clarify the wrong. "I have a problem: throughout my life I have always liked being too many things at once," he said.
During his speech, the minister has referred especially to the possibilities of having a "hard Brexit, to the brave", which would be "a catastrophe" for all, he stressed. But Borrall has reassured explaining that "the government has worked hard to address it" and has prepared a "royal decree law" to approve at the beginning of February with the necessary measures that are encompassed in three areas: logistical measures to give means to the zones border, work of communication through web located in served of Presidency of the Government and commercial relations. In this case, the leader recalled that the United Kingdom would become a third country and that would cause having to apply strict sanitary and phytosanitary regulations.
For that reason, Borrell has indicated three sensitive sectors to attend. Air transport, where the flow is huge and operators have been alerted. Financial services, for which the Government will complement with contingency measures, and agriculture and fishing, where it will be necessary to "prepare specific aid and adapt the CAP to the new circumstances".
And as for Gibraltar, Borrell noted that "everyone already knows that in this case there is an annex protocol that refers to four memoranda of agreement between the United Kingdom and Spain," so "we negotiated with the United Kingdom and only with the United Kingdom " The agreements, therefore, "are bilateral" although there is no withdrawal agreement, and therefore "are still alive."
The minister has delivered an extensive conference in which he outlined a geopolitical and macroeconomic and commercial moment in the world, in which he commented on the situation of national populism in Europe, and set "the Brexit and the transatlantic divorce" as " the main challenges of Europe "today.
On the first issue, the rise of the extreme right in Europe, Borrell has predicted that the national populists "may have more representation" after the European elections in May, "but I do not think more than 25%", he assured, so , although "it is not little", still "the two great families will be able to continue marking the agenda".
In any case, "the great challenge for Europe comes from outside Europe, not from within". In fact, just landed on an official trip to India, the Foreign Minister has warned that this nation "has already become the fifth world economy, despite its per capita income," which he recalled that the country it compensates with the fact that they are "1,400 million inhabitants". Thus, there is an "open trade conflict between the US and India," about who will master the technology of the future.
In contrast, Europe maintains signs of weakness and "our environment is rather complicated". On the one hand, "the ECB's stimulus is over, growth is slowing down and we lack a lack of strategic thinking around the" European budget, which "reflects a lack of thinking about the problems we face". In this point, the leader has indicated that "one of the great problems is the Brexit", another the "transatlantic divorce", and also "the schism of the East".
Borrell also stopped in US politics. "For the first time in history we have an American president who does not consider the EU as a friend", in fact, "sometimes he treats us as an enemy and he mistreats us". In addition, Trum begins with a "closed federal government, with strong volatility in the stock markets", but although his policy can be criticized a lot, the American president "is not mistaken in everything" and "is right in trying to change economic relations with China". The snag that Borrel sees is that "by his aggressive methods, he almost always gets the opposite effect to the one he seeks".
For the minister, Europe maintains a strong "popular support to the euro" that "today is very high" since "more than 60% of citizens believe in the benefits of the single currency". In his opinion, "Europe will survive if it preserves a social dimension, if the citizen perceives that the European Union protects him," he warned.
But "Europe is perceived as distant and bureaucratic" and "it has been losing the power of seduction in the imaginary of the people," he said. Therefore, in his opinion "it is necessary to be economically strong, to stay united and prepare ourselves for the waves of migration, which we are not going to stop with walls", he predicted.