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Silvia Intxaurrondo invites Feijóo to TVE again

Silvia Intxaurrondo invites Feijóo to TVE again, but the answer remains uncertain

Jeickson Sulbaran

June 12, 2024 | 9:30 a.m.

Tension between political leaders and the media continues to rise

Silvia Intxaurrondo and Marc Salá, presenters of La Hora de La 1 on Spanish Television (TVE), have once again opened the doors of their studio to Alberto Núñez-Feijóo, leader of the Popular Party (PP). This invitation, almost a year after his last and controversial interview, comes at a crucial time after the recent European elections. The uncertainty about whether Feijóo will accept the invitation persists, especially after the intense confrontation with Intxaurrondo last year.

On Tuesday, June 11, La Hora de La 1 announced that it has extended invitations to the leaders of the main political parties to participate in interviews on its program. Pedro Sánchez, President of the Government and leader of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE), was the first to accept the invitation. Sánchez will sit down with Silvia Intxaurrondo and Marc Salá next Wednesday, June 12, in Studio 1 in Prado del Rey, Madrid.

Silvia Intxaurrondo invites Feijóo to TVE again, but the answer remains uncertain

On the other hand, the possible participation of Alberto Núñez-Feijóo in the program it remains a mystery. The last time Feijóo was on La Hora de La 1, in July 2023, the exchange with Intxaurrondo was especially tense, with the presenter repeatedly challenging the PP leader's claims.

The intense face to face of last year

On July 17, 2023, a few days before the general elections, Feijóo confronted Intxaurrondo in an interview that left its mark. During the conversation, hot topics were discussed such as the PP's pacts with Vox, the party's unfulfilled promises regarding tax cuts, and accusations related to the Pegasus case.

Intxaurrondo put Feijóo on the spot with direct and forceful questions. The interviewer questioned the "shame agreement" in Extremadura and the contradictions of the PP by criticizing the extreme right while collaborating with them in different governments. In addition, he denied Feijóo's statements about the revaluation of pensions, generating a heated exchange.

The revaluation of pensions: a point of conflict

One of the most memorable moments of the interview was when Intxaurrondo refuted Feijóo's claim that the PP had always revalued pensions. The presenter pointed out that during the years 2012, 2013 and 2017 this was not the case, provoking a defensive response from the PP leader. Feijóo insisted that Intxaurrondo had to rectify his statements in the program, which added more tension to the meeting.

The question on many minds is whether Alberto Núñez-Feijóo will agree to return to La Hora de La 1 for a possible "rematch." Last year's interview left a significant mark on his public image, and the possibility of facing Silvia Intxaurrondo again could be seen both as an opportunity to redeem herself and as a risk of repeating an uncomfortable confrontation.

Silvia Intxaurrondo's invitation to Feijóo to return to TVE keeps the audience in suspense. The PP leader's response is still up in the air, and expectations about whether he will accept the challenge continue to grow. Pedro Sánchez's upcoming appearance on La Hora de La 1 only increases the pressure on Feijóo to decide if he will face the incisive journalist again.

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