The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has criticized in the Congress of Deputies the new president of the European People’s Party, the German Manfred Weber, for his statements against him in EL MUNDO last Monday. “There is one thing that has caught my attention as a result of an interview they did in the newspaper EL MUNDO with the new president of the European People’s Party (…) He came to say little less than that the euro economy is hanging by a thread like consequence of the social-communist government”, he ironically criticized before the deputies. Sánchez has assured that Weber does not make these statements “just because” and has ironized that surely he has been “reliably informed by you”, addressing the parliamentary spokesperson for the PP, Cuca Gamarra, about “the economic reality of Spain”. He has framed Weber’s statements within the attitude “of the right and the extreme right to speak ill of Spain outside”.

In his statements to this newspaper, published last Monday, Weber expressed concern about Sánchez’s economic management and the execution of European funds. “We can only ask for solidarity in the next crisis if this time we show that this money is well spent. We are very concerned about the execution in Spain. For this reason, what Sánchez is doing must be supervised. Spain is too important for Europe and the Spanish economy is too important for the euro”. “The Commission has to get Sánchez a card now to avoid an economic disaster in Spain. We cannot accept another economic crisis in Spain in the EU,” he went on to say.

Sánchez, for his part, has also attacked Weber for “opening the doors to governing with the extreme right wherever possible” and departing from the line of his predecessor, the Polish Donald Tusk. This was critical of the PP’s pact with Vox in Castilla y León, but, in statements to this newspaper, the German, he left his hands free. “Our party is center-right and if it has to agree with the populist right, it must be seen on a case-by-case basis, because one country cannot be compared with another,” said Weber. He gave the coalition in Austria with the FPO as a possible example, but he closed the door to “the neo-Nazis in Germany”. In the case of Spain, he left in the hands of Alberto Núñez Feijóo, “the evaluation on the ground” on whether agreeing with Vox is one of the possible cases that do not cross the red lines of the EPP. “Make him look at it”, the President of the Government has reproached.

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