Pedro Sánchez will hold his first major debate on general policy next week, the one that tests the state of the Nation, in low hours. The President of the Government will have to overcome a hail of criticism launched from all angles of the parliamentary arch and even avoid friendly fire from his allies.

“Weakness”, “lack of direction”, “disorientation”… are the reproaches that rain down on him from left and right and that will be verbalized in the plenary session of Congress. He will have to answer all of them if he wants to get rid of the lame duck label that the polls already hang on him. It will not be easy because those who have supported him up to now are determined to take a step against him, preparing to even propose a dog-face negotiation in the Budgets for 2023.

The continuous discrepancies within the Council of Ministers, the ignoring of the parliamentary forces, the Pegasus case, the radical turnaround on the Sahara, the Melilla tragedy, the uncontrolled increase in inflation, the measures discussed in the face of the crisis, the commitment of spending more on Defense, the reforms and counter-reforms of the law of the Judiciary, the law of Democratic Memory… are episodes that are piled up in the bill that the opposition, for some reasons, and the partners, for others, are determined to go to payment

The youngest member of the Government, United We Can, spurred to a large extent by the problems of decomposition of its ideological space, tries to define its position by distancing itself from the older brother of the coalition. “The country is experiencing a regressive moment,” says the purple spokesman, Pablo Echenique, for whom Sánchez’s latest movements in relation to the Melilla drama and the NATO Summit “disorient the progressive electorate.”

UP urges the president to “get back on track” because only in this way, he warns, will it be possible to “revalidate a progressive majority in the 2023 elections.” The resentment of the purple formation goes beyond even the duel in the debate on the state of the Nation. His notices already reach the budget negotiation that should be undertaken in September. The purples cherish the hope of convincing Sánchez of his postulates at the undated meeting of the commission to monitor the coalition pact.

The groups of the left warn: “Approaching the PP is losing the elections”

The Government is aware of the difficulty of approving its next Budget project, although it insists that it will present it and will fight to try to move it forward. It is a very complicated objective because all the parliamentary forces are preparing to turn this negotiation into “hell”, in the words of a prominent member of the Socialist Group.

At the moment, Podemos already affirms that its support for the State accounts goes through the renunciation of increasing military spending and unblocking the Housing Law and repealing the Citizen Security Law.

Also on a war footing is the ERC, which insists on demanding a solution to the “repressive cause” against the independence movement and addressing clear solutions on the “Catalan conflict” at the dialogue table with the Generalitat. These are the basic conditions to “try to recover deteriorated confidence” and lend themselves to negotiating the Budgets.

More Country, BNG and Bildu join the notices. The complaint about the decision to increase defense spending “without convincing explanation”, the Melilla “massacre” and the Government’s reluctance to face a tax reform that burdens large companies and the rich with the bill of the crisis are its denominator common. These formations, usual props of the Executive, insist that their priority is social spending and remind Sánchez that “he does not have the guaranteed numbers” to carry out a policy that they see aligned with the right. His message is: “Approaching the PP will lose the elections.”

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