Spanish Tennis Campaign: A Deluge of Promises

Envelope of 20,000 euros or free transport for young people, massive investments in the face of the lack of water. The candidates for the legislative elections of July 23 in Spain multiplied the promises, often expensive, on Friday on the first official day of the campaign.

Presenting his program in Madrid, Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, given a loser in the polls against the right, tried to relaunch his campaign by calling for broad ‘support’ from voters.

“In this race, we need a lot more support,” he said. He called for ‘the vote of rural and urban Spain’ but also ‘of those who voted for other political options’.

The Vox Scarecrow

In the socialist’s sights: voters who voted for the People’s Party (PP, right) in a municipal and regional election on May 28, but who ‘are ashamed’ of the alliances sealed since by the PP with the party of extreme right Vox to lead several cities and regions of the country.

Speaking at the same time in Seville (south), the leader of the PP Alberto Núñez Feijóo for his part called on the voters to grant him an absolute majority, to allow him to govern ‘alone’, without depending on Vox.

At 16 days before the ballot, called by Mr. Sánchez the day after the rout of the left on May 28, the right remains the big favourite, according to opinion polls. But the left hopes for a ‘remontada’ and wants to believe in the mobilization of the moderate electorate that it warns against the entry of the far right into government.

Advance reduced

According to a poll published on Friday by the daily El Pais, the PP’s lead would be reduced and it would no longer be able to secure an absolute majority with Vox. This would pave the way for new elections, unless the entire left finds enough support from the Basque and Catalan separatists to stay in power.

To garner support in this home stretch, the left multiplied promises on Friday to stimulate the economy and reduce inequalities, in a country still marked by strong precariousness despite dynamic growth (5.5% in 2022).

Pedro Sánchez has thus promised free university registration fees for students who pass their exams on the first try or free public transport until the age of 24 – a measure the cost of which has not been specified.

‘Universal Legacy’

Communist Minister of Labor Yolanda Diaz – leader of ‘Sumar’ which brings together 15 radical left parties – detailed for her part the flagship measure of her program: an envelope of 20,000 euros allocated to each young person aged 18 to 23 years old, without means test.

This sum, presented as a ‘universal inheritance’, aims to reduce wealth inequalities by allowing all young people to finance their studies, training or the creation of a business. Its cost is estimated at 10 billion euros and would be partly financed by a wealth tax.

Against drought

During his trip to Seville, one of the driest regions of the country, Alberto Núñez Feijóo promised a massive investment of 44 billion euros to solve the growing problems caused by the lack of water in the country. .

The ‘people are asking for water before any other consideration’, said the poll favorite, who has promised in recent weeks to ‘get water where there is none’. Deeming it possible to compensate for the scarcity of resources by building new infrastructure, he has been accused of ‘climate denial’ by the left and environmental organizations.

These various promises come as Spain, which is among the most indebted countries in Europe, has undertaken to reduce its public deficit to 3% of GDP in 2024, after 4.8% in 2022 and 3.9 % expected in 2023, in order to return to the nails required by the European treaties.


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