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The PSOE accuses the PP of "Vox makeup operation" before the European elections

Mairenis Gomez

May 14, 2024 | 3:50 p.m.

The Socialist Party criticizes the Popular Party for its links with Vox and accuses the Popular Party of trying to conceal its closeness to the extreme right in the face of the next European elections.

There is no time for rest. Barely recovered from the election day in Catalonia, the political parties are preparing for the European elections that will be held shortly. In this atmosphere of high tension, the PSOE has launched harsh criticism against the Popular Party, accusing it of trying to whiten its image and hide its alliances with Vox.

The PSOE denounces the PP's "makeup operation"

Sources from the PSOE have indicated that the PP is carrying out a "make-up operation" to present itself in the European elections as a moderate right-wing party, in line with some of its European partners. "Nothing could be further from reality," they say, recalling the PP's policies and speech during the elections in Catalonia. «The PP has merged with Vox in its policies and discourse, and we have been able to see it in the last elections in Catalonia. Feijóo only talked about immigration, squatters and frameworks used by the extreme right.

Criticisms of democratic memory management

The PSOE has also criticized the PP for its handling of democratic memory policies. According to the socialists, the Popular Party is paralyzing all measures that equate the victims with the executioners of the Franco dictatorship, with the intention of resuming them after the European elections. "Alberto Núñez Feijóo has ordered his delegations in Castilla y León, the Valencian Community and Aragon to put the forgetfulness laws on hold until after the European elections," the PSOE denounces.

This strategy, according to the socialists, seeks to avoid electoral punishment due to the "drift towards the extreme right" of the PP, especially after criticism from UN rapporteurs who pointed out the violation of human rights that these laws entail. "They are afraid that the electorate will punish their drift towards the extreme right, and they are right to have it," they say.

Accusations of covert pacts with Vox

The PSOE has also highlighted the PP's pacts with Vox, such as the agreement in the Seville City Council. "Another trompe l'oeil to try to deceive voters and continue hiding that PP and Vox are already twin brothers," they say, addressing directly the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno. According to the socialists, Seville "knows that the pact is signed. The extreme right will join the Seville Government team embracing the PP.

Along these same lines, the PSOE has urged the PP to correct actions "typical of dark times in our country" that, they assure, "the Spaniards are not going to allow." They have also mentioned "the latest attack on the culture of our country" with the elimination of the names of Paco Rabal and Asunción Balaguer from the street map.

Call for transparency

Finally, the PSOE has criticized the PP's lack of transparency. "Alberto Núñez Feijóo should have the gallantry to face the Spaniards and not hide under the carpet the political dirt that he has caused since his arrival, opening the doors wide to the ultras in the institutions," they point out.

The socialists also remind the PP that, after the European elections, they will have to explain to the Spanish people if they will continue processing the forgetfulness laws and if they will give Vox new positions in the government. "When power is only sought for power's sake, the means to achieve it are often embarrassing, and we are facing a textbook case," they conclude.

This confrontation occurs in a context of high political polarization and with the European elections just around the corner. The result of these elections and the management of political alliances will be crucial for the future of the Spanish and European political landscape.

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