The second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, insisted on Monday that the Government must be “closer to the people” and must take more measures than those announced by Pedro Sánchez last week in the State of the Nation Debate.

For Díaz, the taxes and aid announced by Sánchez are “temporary and extraordinary” measures and others need to be taken “decisively, without hesitation.” The United We Can proposal, he recalled, is a tax reform that serves to “lighten the tax burden” for the middle classes and raise it for the upper classes and companies. “Business margins are huge, that’s why they have to pay more,” he defended.

Yolanda Díaz thus affects the message that she has sent in recent weeks and that she summarized in an interview prior to the debate in which she stated that the Government “lacks a soul.” Two days later, Sánchez announced in Congress new taxes on electricity companies and banks and other measures that he had not previously communicated to his second vice president.

The leader of United We Can made these statements at a seminar organized by the coalition in the summer courses in El Escorial. In the act, moderated by the former leader of Podemos Juan Carlos Monedero, Díaz claimed the ‘purple’ role in the Government: “We know how to govern and we do it much better than those who have looted the public coffers in our country. We have shown how we save to our population. They are not going to tell us how we have to govern.”

Regarding his Sumar project, which he launched 10 days ago as a platform for his possible candidacy for the general elections, Díaz reaffirmed that it is a citizen movement in which “the parties have to be but they do not have to be.” The minister considers the ‘purple’ team “essential” and praised the importance that ending bipartisanship has had for democracy. However, she maintains that the one who was part of Pablo Iglesias has been left behind and that it is necessary to take “one more step”.

The Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, defended that “there is no greater lie” than to consider that the life of Podemos has been “exhausted”. She affirms that training is an essential pillar to ensure the “permanence and stability” of the coalition government. Despite the discrepancy, the ‘purple’ team has asserted itself as an ally of Sumar.

On the path to democracy, proposed by the delegate, there is room for “all the political parties that want”, since, as she says, she seeks a confluence of ideas that fight against polarization and ideological extremism.

The Labor Minister’s agenda continues with a trip to the United States, as Montero did at the beginning of July. During her tour of the North American country, she will meet her counterpart, Marty Walsh, who claims to show admiration for the `Rider Law?, and with Senator Bernie Sanders, among others.

Díaz will also meet with the UN deputy secretary to present a resolution on the social economy with the hope of being reached by the organization. The minister recalled that the European Commission has worked “hugely” on it and that it has the support of the commissioner and other European labor ministers.

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