They are optimistic and believe that there will be Sánchez's investiture, although they predict more statements that will generate "noise"
MADRID, 19 Sep. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The PSOE rejects that there is an agreement with the independence groups to carry out an amnesty for those involved in the process, as stated this Tuesday by the leader of ERC, Oriol Junqueras. Sources from the PSOE leadership deny that this agreement has occurred and frame these statements in the fight between ERC and Junts.
In this way, the socialists deny Junqueras, who this Tuesday assumed that the agreement that his party signed with the PSOE for the constitution of the Congress Board already included the amnesty, at the same time that he notified the acting president of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, that his formation will not renounce unilaterality.
The PSOE leadership limits these statements to the struggle within the independence movement, between ERC and Junts, to see who has the leading voice in the claims to the PSOE, since their votes are necessary for a hypothetical investiture of Sánchez.
Therefore, they consider that statements such as those made by Junqueras will not be an exception and will be repeated in the coming days. "We are going to hear a lot of this," laments a senior socialist leader.
Although they admit that this struggle between the two Catalan parties complicates dialogue and negotiation and generates noise, they are convinced that it will not derail the process that leads to an investiture of Sánchez.
In this regard, the same sources are optimistic and believe that Sánchez will finally obtain the majority to be president. "I have the political intuition that there will be an investiture," they point out.
In any case, in the PSOE they are clear that they want to preserve the conversations with Junts and try to ensure that it is not conditioned by the messages that sneak in from ERC or even from Sumar, which is being much more explicit than the PSOE when talking about amnesty, a word that at the moment is not spoken in the socialist ranks.
This point is confirmed by sources from one of the PSOE's parliamentary partners who assure that the negotiations are fundamentally taking place between PSOE and Junts and the rest of the parties will enter later to make their contributions.
Despite everything, the PSOE are aware of the difficulty and continue to maintain that the party of former president Carles Puigdemont is still in top positions due to the conditions they set to support Sánchez, and therefore must lower their expectations. According to what the independentists say, they have to "turn a transatlantic line."
Along the same lines, they admit that the message they sent last week, reducing the euphoria about an agreement and opening the door to repeat elections, was calculated and is part of the negotiating strategy to make it clear to Junts that they are willing to go again to the polls if necessary.
On the other hand, they consider that once the investiture of the PP candidate, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, takes place, which will take place on September 26 and 27 in the first vote and on the 29th in the second, the process to elect Sánchez will be quick.
They therefore think that once Feijóo fails, the King will quickly entrust the investiture to Sánchez and the election will not be delayed. "The sooner the better," they emphasize.
On the other hand, the PSOE are not concerned about how events have developed in the debate this Tuesday in Brussels, where the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, has defended the use of Catalan, Basque and the Galician.
In the end, there has not been a vote on the matter, since several ministers have asked for more time to examine the need and impact of making official the legal, practical and budgetary consequences of carrying out this modification of the rules. In any case, the socialist sources consulted indicate that they hoped that a vote would not take place.
Albares has offered the rest of the EU countries to postpone the recognition of Basque and Galician and begin making Catalan official, in an attempt to overcome the reservations of some partners about incorporating three languages at the same time.
This decision has generated discomfort in the PNV, which has indicated that it does not help the investiture of Sánchez, who would also need the support of the Basque nationalists to become president again. In this sense, the PSOE states that they understand the discomfort that has occurred in the PNV.