Eight months of drift. Yolanda Díaz has not convened the highest coordinating body of United We Can, the confederal table, since October 4, 2021. Since then, the second vice president of the Government has dribbled the details about her future platform, gradually reducing the meetings with the ministers of his own political space and notably distanced from the purple dome in the Executive, with which he is increasingly at odds due to the lack of understanding in the heart of the minority member of the Council of Ministers.

The last one, less than a week ago regarding the accusations by Podemos of dedazo in the awards of the NATO summit, which were quickly disavowed by the Minister of Labor, who defended the “legality” of the contracts approved by the Council of Ministers and cornered Ione Belarra’s party by leaving their participation in the meeting of the Atlantic alliance, scheduled for the end of this month, up in the air.

The confederal table is the place of internal debate of United We Can. The conclave of its confluences, where the top leaders of Podemos, Izquierda Unida, En Comú Podem and Galicia en Común delimit the main lines and establish the position of the purple conglomerate on the great current issues or the actions to be taken both within the government and parliamentary level. A fundamental assembly to unify criteria and coordinate actions and messages in a confederal space, plural and with as many edges as United We Can.

Pablo Iglesias used to gather his hard core – the same positions never came in a fixed way, but he always represented all the forces, with weight to the leaders with public responsibilities – practically every week.

But with Díaz, as this newspaper has confirmed, this confederal table has only been convened a couple of times since it relieved Iglesias at the head of the political space in May 2021, more than a year ago: in July, during the crisis of Government with which Pedro Sánchez restructured the socialist branch of the Executive; and in October, when the vice president already admitted her desire to lead a transversal “country project” starting from the purple space.

Since then, both Díaz’s secrecy regarding his broad front and his disagreements with Podemos have increased. Now, with just a few weeks to kick off her listening process, the parties that make up United We Can lament the little information they have about the plans of the leader in pectore of her space. All the forces emphasize that this first phase of rapprochement with the citizenry belongs exclusively to Díaz, but they do not hide their concern regarding the secrecy with which he has handled the matter to date.

To this communicative nebula it is necessary to add the continuous disagreements between the Minister of Labor and the predominant party in the space that she heads. In recent months, Podemos has clashed in public with Díaz on issues such as sending weapons to Ukraine, the return of the Emeritus or the Pegasus espionage scandal. As a result of the crisis regarding the war, Díaz met with the purple ministers on March 7 to iron out rough edges and with the commitment to see each other weekly. Twelve weeks have passed since that day and, as this newspaper has learned, the leadership of United We Can has only met with Díaz on three more occasions.

This scenario is completed with the election campaign in Andalusia, where the formation of Por Andalucía, made up of IU, Más País and Podemos has not been exempt from controversy and friction and in which the purples saw how Díaz gave all his support to Inmaculada Nieto (IU) to be a candidate for the Board. All in an environment where a certain mistrust was sown.

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