Government Defends Decentralizing Institutions In Madrid

“We need the institutions to have a presence at the territorial level that goes beyond the traditional limits of the capital .” With that phrase, the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, reiterated the Government’s intention to decentralize the institutions of Madrid, a debate that President Pedro Sánchez has put on the table and that has unleashed reactions of all kinds.

There are parties, like Cs, that do not see it badly, but they ask for concretion, while from the PP they consider that it is a “probe balloon” so that other issues are not discussed. The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, considers it to be one more “attack” on the region by the central executive.

Montero, on the other hand, wanted to make it clear that it is not about talking about “the government’s position with respect to Madrid”, but about showing that the Spanish geography is “very rich and diverse.” Moncloa wants to distribute the limelight. “It is about carrying out a vocation of recognition of all the singularities and situations that exist in the territories. Those of us who are from outside the capital have always longed for a greater role in political life over the institutions that we have at the central level” , sentenced the minister.

Ayuso does not welcome the measure in a positive way, far from it, and accuses Sánchez of “seeking votes” in other territories because they consider “Madrid for lost.” For her, “destroying Madrid is destroying Spain.” The Madrid president intends to face the measures that the Government wants to launch. “I believe that the Prime Minister and the Socialists do not understand that all countries have a capital, that the capital of Spain is called Madrid and that it has been for five centuries,” he warned. And he wanted to end with a message: “Spaniards from all corners live in Madrid. Madrid is a capital much loved by all Spaniards.”

“What this Government intends is to share the state. It does not mean to subtract the capital.”
The popular leader assures that the Executive seeks that the people “hate Madrid” and that is why he launched an ordeal at Sánchez. “He will have us in front, of course, to fight this battle that does not benefit anyone, does not solve anything and only affects the daily life of citizens,” he said harshly, while the speech of the PP emphasizes that it is a Moncloa’s “balloon probe” so that other more important issues are not discussed. In fact, the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez Almeida this debate “opens because Sánchez only acts in a confrontational way”, as he already did, he continued, in the campaign, when the PP “was branded as a tavern, macho, homophobic “.

The crossing of reproaches was also accentuated with the intervention of the Government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, who denied the alerts from Ayuso and Almeida. “Calm, tranquility, nothing happens. What this Government intends is to share the state . It does not mean subtracting the capital, on the contrary, it means making Spain bigger, if we manage to share the state to the last corner of our country,” he explained.

According to Rodríguez, decentralization goes “in a very different line” from what “Ayuso does not say”, but his partners do propose, in reference to Vox, “the dismantling of the state of the autonomies”. It was emphatic in this sense: “It is what we hear from its partners and perhaps it is about this that should be explained.” The Government delegate in Madrid, Mercedes González, who believes the measure “sensible”, also positioned herself in this line. “Madrid is a generous city and community, which balances and seems to me to be a completely sensible proposal and that Madrid is not going to be punished at all,” he commented.

“The PSOE is selling Spain”
In the case of Vox, its parliamentary spokesman, Iván Espinosa de los Monteros, maintained that “it is not a coincidence that this comes at the same time as the Budgets arrive” , because for training it is part of “the assignments” made by Sánchez ” to the separatists, independentistas and nationalists “. Vox considers that the PSOE “is selling Spain.”

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz.
The Government will take the Budgets to Congress on Wednesday without the assured support of its partners
In the rest of the formations, as in the case of Ciudadanos, the conclusion is a bit uncertain. The oranges do not think it is a bad idea, but they want more details, according to their spokesman Edmundo Bal. He considers that “it may seem reasonable”, but warned that it can be used to “invoke privileges and be the voice of anti-Madridism.”

The idea that the Government wants to put forward, and which is taking shape at least in terms of debate between political parties, could be somewhat equated with the strategy followed by the European Union with its agencies , which are spread over the different Member States (although the central axis remains in Brussels).

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