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PNV admits “the resounding” victory of PP in Galicia but says it has no allies to force a motion of censure

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The PNV spokesperson in Congress, Aitor Esteban, has admitted “the resounding” victory of PP in the Galicia elections, but has stressed that he has no allies to force a motion of censure, and they still cannot do without Vox. Furthermore, he has stated that his party aspires to “recognition of the Basque nation with the help of a large majority of parties” in Euskadi and has assured that EH Bildu is “pure tactics” with its proposals for agreements to the PNV, when “two years ago days” they called him “facha” and claimed that the jeltzales were “right-wing” and “not at all progressive.” In an interview given to Radio Euskadi, collected by Europa Press, Esteban acknowledged that the victory of the PP in the Galician elections “has been resounding.” However, he does not see the Popular Party now forcing a motion of censure, because, if he presented it, he would not have “any signs of moving it forward,” since the numbers “do not support him” and he has no “possible allies.” “He cannot do without Vox,” he added. Regarding the controversy over Alberto Núñez Feijóo’s position on pardons and amnesty, he has pointed out that “it may have escaped him in an informal and relaxed conversation” with the media, “but obviously, if at a certain moment he needs Together, of course the PP is going to make some movement.” “Deep down we all knew that this had to end in an amnesty and reintegrating the Catalan nationalist leaders into normal daily politics. That it has happened now, due to the circumstances of the majorities that the PSOE needed, because it has still moved forward a little, but whether one or the other was in the State Government, this had to end like this,” he indicated. The Jeltzale leader has said that Feijóo to the PNV, when he needed the votes for his failed investiture, did not make territorial proposals to them, because the Jeltzales told them “that with Vox in the equation” they had “nothing to talk about” and could not enter into talks. “The truth is that it was an offer that more than one would be surprised that the PP made, especially with the discourse it is carrying out,” he added, refusing to reveal what it was. He has also referred to the statements of the President of the Executive, Pedro Sánchez, that his term will be four years, he has indicated that he is not “totally certain” that this will be the case, but he doubts it “very much.” “It seems to me that this legislature is very complicated, and to the extent that certain electoral situations can come closer, the tension will surely be great, and there may be disagreements,” he stressed, to reiterate that, “it is enough to uncheck the a single political group, so that things no longer move forward. Asked if he believes that if there are no agreements on the Amnesty Law on March 7, it will be ‘the beginning of the end’, he said that he does not know “what Junts’ final approach will be” or if a consensus will be reached on modifying the text. . “It is true that the two positions seem to be very castled,” he said. In his opinion, it may happen that, if in the end the Amnesty Law “falls”, Junts will not allow the Budgets. “But I want to think that there will be an agreement on the Amnesty Law between those two parties and that then there will be a Budget project that can be approved. Because, without that instrument, one can last a year, but without a budget, it is impossible for this to last one term,” he pointed out. BUDGET NEGOTIATION Regarding the negotiation of the accounts, he explained that the PNV and the Government are “talking about issues that very directly concern Euskadi, in terms of quality of life and investments, etc.”, but he believes that “they have not yet It’s time to talk.” “We would also like certain issues not to even have to be the subject of an amendment from us, but rather for the Government to assume that it must act in a certain way and to include it in the project. Let’s see how we move forward. For now, the The feelings are good, favorable, but it is still early,” he said. Regarding the accusations of some members of the judiciary against the Catalan independentists for terrorism, he stressed that it is “a strategy of some judges and prosecutors to cloud the legitimate, legal and political process of the popular representatives to decide favorably on an amnesty, and the truth is regrettable.” NATIONAL RECOGNITION OF EUSKADI Regarding the commitment of the investiture agreement to open the debate on the possible “national recognition of Euskadi”, he recalled that the pact bears the signature of Pedro Sánchez. “Let’s see what happens, we have just started the legislature. What I want is for those three transfers that have to come in these weeks. We are very close and I think that is going to happen, and then, that On the other hand, we already know that the PSOE does not like to talk much about it, but it recognized, through the signature, that there is a social majority in the Basque people, regardless of whether they are independent or not, that they do consider that we are a nation. differentiated and would like to be recognized as such,” he maintained. In his opinion, this issue should be talked about, and he has considered that, if the legislature lasts four years, “there will be time to address it.” “But first, the simplest thing is to comply with the Statute and those three transfers specifically,” he reiterated in reference to Cercanías, homologation of university degrees and reception of migrants. Asked about the possibility that, in this territorial debate, there could be some joint action between PNV and EH Bildu, he indicated that each one will have their position on the matter. “But, when we have been talking about a new status, a statutory reform, etc., they have not been in complete agreement with our approaches and we have not been able to reach an agreement with them settled in the Basque Parliament,” he said. For Esteban, “the ideal would be for there to be recognition of the Basque nation and a new leap in self-government with the help of all Basque actors or the broadest possible majority.” “Understanding the majorities that exist in Madrid, but also the plurality of the Basque people, it is not only possible to carry it forward by those of us who consider ourselves solely Basque, but also with those Basque citizens who also consider themselves Spanish, and that is an important part as well. of our people today,” he defended. The Jeltzale leader has also highlighted that EH Bildu “is pure tactics”, in reference to the offers to reach an agreement with the PNV, and has recalled that they have called him “fake two days ago”. “Let’s see if they clarify. In the campaign for the Congress of Deputies they said that we were going to make an alliance with the PP and with Vox. They made videos, they put us on the spot and told us that we were the right and nothing progressive. Now “Are we the progressives? To me all this sounds like pure tactics,” he reiterated. In any case, he has said that he proposed that “each one present what the project is for the country, what the ideas are, what the candidates are and, from there, that the Basque people choose.”



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