Six hours of blows in Congress hurt less after the gift from Brussels

Margarita Robles is in a hurry to go shopping at the arms supermarket. The Ministry of Defense intends that the Council of Ministers extend it right now a check for 3,000 million euros in the form of extraordinary credit. The Treasury is more to wait for the promised increase in military spending to appear from the next state budget. Moncloa will be thinking that this is the typical controversy that he does not need at the moment, because his only allies in the matter are on the right, not among his associates.

Sooner or later, it will have to face this increase in spending, as announced by Pedro Sánchez, and comply with what the NATO members have agreed. Right now there are too many open fronts.

Sánchez spent riding contradictions throughout his appearance to report on the last European summit and his trip to Morocco. Both in relation to the war in Ukraine and his decision to bet on the autonomy of the Sahara within the Moroccan kingdom, his positions are totally different from those of United We Can and the other parliamentary groups on the left. This time, it wasn't just the right hand sticking the fork into the internal wound to increase the bleeding. Hence, Sánchez made an effort, it is true that only rhetorical, to try to reduce the political impact of the differences: "What demobilizes the left is that we strive more than it should in emphasizing the differences and not the alliances in favor of these conquests".

Due to these things that happen on the left, ten days before the elections in Andalusia, everyone has taken to talking about the demobilization of the electorate of the progressive parties. It cannot be said that they are facing the electoral event with large doses of optimism. Long before receiving the stone in the eye, they have already ordered the bandages. From Sánchez's words, it follows that some have already advanced the argument of excuses.

The differences that the president spoke of were made clear in Wednesday's plenary session. It is impossible to hide them. Sánchez explained that the priority over the Sahara is "to unravel a conflict that has lasted too long." The decision of his government to support the alternative of autonomy is "the most realistic position." The solution rests in the hands of the UN secretary general, he said. Spain will "collaborate" if asked, and that's all. "We have to move our positions" given the lack of progress since the 1970s. Which means approaching those of Morocco, which are rejected by the Polisario Front.

To his left, the message was the opposite. "Morocco is the invading power" of the Sahara, said Pablo Echenique. United We Can stands firm in defense of the right to self-determination of the Saharawis in the form of a referendum that the Security Council in 1991 the UN Secretary General was asked to organize. The obstructionism of Morocco, helped by the passivity of France and the United States, prevented its celebration.

There was a word that Sánchez did not pronounce in his interventions. It would not be for lack of time. His first reply to all the groups lasted an hour and a half. It seemed that it would never end. The president did not want to talk about Algeria. Support for Rabat has caused outrage in the North African country, one of Spain's major gas suppliers. It is what the Maghreb has. An immense favor to Algeria – hospitalizing the Polisario leader in Spain because they could die in Algiers – caused the abrupt worsening of relations with Morocco. An even larger one in favor of Rabat has had the same effect on relations with Algeria.

In the afternoon, it became known that the Algerian Government had decided suspend its treaty of friendship and cooperation with Spain. Until now, the government maintained that ties with Algeria were not going to be harmed, an assumption with a dubious basis in fact. From now on, it will be impossible to make that statement.

The data that can reassure the Government is that Algeria is a country that fulfills its contracts. Even when it had one of its recurring crises with Morocco, it continued to export gas to it because it was signed that way. When this disagreement persisted, what he did later was not to renew the gas supply contract. The current contract with Spain It doesn't end until 2032.

On the Sahara, there will be no rapprochement between the PSOE and its partners. For later, the confrontation on account of military spending will be more crude, a decision already made by Sánchez. "In order to end the conflict, it is not sensible to increase spending on machine guns, on bombs, when there are so many social needs," said Echenique. The same Gabriel Rufián: "Where does the money come from? (for Defense). I tell you. From public services. It has always happened. More soldiers, fewer nurses. More tanks, fewer hospitals."

There was no praise for Sánchez in relation to the Sahara that did not come from the PSOE. On military aid to Ukraine and NATO, a certain level of consensus was outside the majority of the left. Of course, in the case of the PP, it is the type of support that takes you to the grave. Cuca Gamarra denounced that the military material sent to Ukraine "does not last more than two hours of combat." More than a hyperbole, it is an invention at the height of the Feijóo's risk premium error the previous day. In a single transport in April, 200 tons were shipped.

The day ended with good news for the Government, the confirmation that the European Commission has granted the final approval to the so-called Iberian exception, which will lower the price of electricity in Spain and Portugal. Sánchez was already clear about the discount he wants, between 15% and 20%.

At the moment, there is nothing that should worry the Government more than inflation and specifically energy prices. The measure of the exception has gone from being a positive solution to the economic problem to becoming essential for the political survival of the Executive. There has been so much talk about it that every day that passed without being approved in Brussels, the Government's wear and tear became more evident.

Sánchez will lovingly mark the date of June 8. Six hours of dealing blows in Congress in exchange for receiving the news that has been waiting for months. The second is so relevant that the results account for the day came out positive.

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