The six news you should know today, Monday, November 8


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1. Presidency charges the pardons of the ‘procés’ to the former Minister Campo. The Presidency assures that neither the chief executive, Pedro Sánchez, nor his former cabinet director, Iván Redondo, handled information about the pardons of the ‘procés’ outside of the file processed by the Ministry of Justice. In a response sent to this newspaper through Transparencia, La Moncloa washes its hands and resides the pardon of the Catalan coup plotters in the former Minister of Justice, Juan Carlos Campo, by stating that “in the organic sphere of the Presidency of the Government there is no information to prove the need, opportunity or convenience of granting pardons to those convicted in the ‘procés’ cause ”. This answer comes after ABC requested a copy of “the documentation, whatever its format, studies, reports requested or received or of any other type existing in the Presidency of the Government” that proves the need, opportunity or convenience to forgive the Condemned by the ‘procés’ and that it was at the disposal of both Sánchez and his Cabinet director.

2. The ‘Castells law’ disarms the Government’s plan to control the campuses. Tense calm between the Catalan rectors and the Generalitat before the new university law that the Government is preparing. If applied in Catalonia as it is proposed in the draft that is processed in the Congress of Deputies, the Organic Law of the University System (LOSU), better known as the ‘Castells law’, would dismantle the university model itself promoted for years by the Catalan Government, segregated from the state government and which enhances the labor route over the civil service in the hiring of teachers. Since the entry into force of Law 1/2003 on Universities, Catalonia has created its own teaching staff parallel to that of the civil service (professors and full-time professors), with permanent staff (professors and attachés) and temporary staff (readers, associates, emeritus, collaborators and visitors), which it manages without any control of the State.

3. SMEs and shortages: “Deliveries exceed the year.” The breakdown of the supply chain puts the world economy as a whole in check, but its wounds are deepest in SMEs, the most defenseless during the crisis. Spain is also a country of SMEs (they are more than 90% of the business fabric). Many of them had to internationalize to survive the previous crisis, which is why they are particularly affected by it. ICO guarantees are running out, the financing capacity is exhausted and direct government aid has not finished healing them. The final climax has come in the form of a bottleneck in international trade. According to some testimonies collected by ABC, there are chips in an electronic circuit company whose price has multiplied by 70; suppliers delay orders for another furniture manufacturer and require them to buy entire trailers to be supplied.

4. The Aragonès dilemma: between the pressure of the CUP and the ‘via PSC’. Pere Aragonès arrived at the Generalitat with the only formula that the Catalan government has known since the acceleration of the ‘procés’: an ERC-Junts coalition supported (and conditioned) from the Parliament by the CUP. However, little by little it seems less likely that the ‘president’ will finish his term in the hands of this same equation. Without a horizon of confrontation with the State, sovereignty, the lowest common denominator of the three investiture parties, seems insufficient to maintain the alliance for a long time. For this block with obvious signs of wear and tear, the 2022 regional budgets will be the first acid test. In the PSC they know it and hope to take advantage of the matter to open cracks between some badly agreed partners.

5. The elections in Nicaragua conclude with a certain re-election of Ortega. The president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, will confirm throughout this Monday a fourth consecutive term after 14 years in power, concluding a controversial elections in which he did not have a real competition, with seven opposition candidates arrested. The polls (13,459 in total) closed at 6:00 p.m. local time (00:00 GMT), after 11 hours of voting, in a day guarded by 30,000 soldiers and policemen and that passed without enthusiasm or incidents, with the opposition clamoring a huge abstentionism and the ruling party a great turnout.

6. Ancelotti wants to nip a defensive weakness that raises doubts in the bud. I have to fix the defense mess. We cannot show this weakness in every game. I must make the team stand firm to demand concentration and forcefulness when the opponent squeezes the defense. Ancelotti has those thoughts in his head. His public statements downplayed the problem and argued the shock in that lack of concentration, to drop that in football you always suffer until the end. They were statements to decaffeinate a concern that has a lot of caffeine. Real Madrid is second in the League, the leader of its group in the Champions League and the Achilles heels are seen differently from that privileged position, but its defensive system shows a laziness that the Italian coach intends to tackle once and for all.

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