The tensions in the coalition government have been quietly in the background to the frenzied political movements of the last two weeks. But they are still there. PSOE and United We can have been escalating for months in internal friction and cross accusations at the cost of compliance with the legislative agreement signed by Pedro Sánchez and Pablo Iglesias .
This Thursday, the first vice president, Carmen Calvo , wanted to make it clear to her partners that the pact is being fulfilled, despite the fact that the purple ones accuse them of not respecting it.
“Do you know what the pact is? Being right now discussing how the housing law is going to be. Take each rule and sit down to make it,” explained the socialist leader in an interview in RNE. Specifically, within the Executive a strong clash is taking place over the regulation of rents, included in the legislative agreement , which the purple ones want to include in the aforementioned housing law and which the Socialists reject.
However, Calvo has pointed out that “the contents of the pact on many issues are yet to be decided” and that, in addition, it must be taken into account that the PSOE has 120 deputies and United We can only 35.
However, in the area of housing, the text establishes in section 2.9.3 the implementation of “regulatory measures necessary to put a ceiling on abusive increases in rental prices in certain areas of the stressed market” by creating a ” State System of Reference Indices of Housing Rental Prices “. In addition, in October, socialists and purple ones reaffirmed their commitment to cap the price of rents in “stressed areas” , both in new and existing contracts, which may even have to be lowered.
Starting next week, there will be changes in the internal dynamics of the Government. Iglesias will leave the second vice presidency on Tuesday, after the meeting of the Council of Ministers, and it will be the Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz , who will assume the leadership of the purple sector of the Executive as third vice president.
Calvo, asked about her relationship with Galician politics, pointed out that “personally it is always good” and stressed the importance of not implicating “your personal relationships with your political discrepancies”.
Even so, coexistence in the Government could be complicated after the departure of Iglesias and his replacement at the head of the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030 by Ione Belarra . The current Secretary of State is one of the most critical voices with the social -mainly with Margarita Robles- and who is directing the conversations with the Ministry of Transport, in the hands of José Luis Ábalos, to approve the housing law.
Despite these frictions, Calvo has defended this Thursday that there will be no national elections before 2023, when he marks the calendar. “The legislature reaches 2023”, he has sentenced after highlighting that the preparation of the Budgets for 2021, the receipt of European funds and the preparation of the recovery plan that they are going to present to Europe makes it unfeasible to think about an electoral advance.