The changes in the composition of the Government, which have had their replicas both in United We Can and in the PSOE at an organic level, will force the coalition to restructure the spaces for communication and negotiation between the partners for the next year. This was very structured since Pedro Sánchez arrived in La Moncloa, in June 2018, and evolved with the entry of Unidos Podemos into the Executive.
But the outbreak of the pandemic and the convulsive political course that is now ending eliminated that periodicity and that daily life in the Government’s discussions, which had its high point in the matins that Pedro Sánchez celebrated every Monday in La Moncloa with its hard core. Government sources assured that in the last week of July, meetings in this format had not yet been held, despite the fact that two weeks had passed since the remodeling of the equipment. The extension of this new hard core has therefore not yet been fixed. The coalition is greasing in this new beginning in the previous relationship that both the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, and the minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra, had with the new minister of the Presidency and a key piece of the new government: Félix Bolaños.
Since Sánchez came to power, he established some informal meetings. Every Monday at 9.30 a.m., the president summoned Carmen Calvo, José Luis Ábalos, Santos Cerdán, Adriana Lastra, Iván Redondo and Miguel Ángel Oliver. Grease and match the PSOE with the Executive was the objective of that first moment in which an Executive was constituted that knew that very soon it was going to have to go to the polls.
After November 10, 2019, and when Unidos Podemos had to enter, Sánchez expanded the PSOE quota by integrating María Jesús Montero and Salvador Illa. On behalf of Unidos Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, Irene Montero, Pablo Echenique and Juanma del Olmo joined.
This informal meeting space will have to be reactivated and re-founded. Like the commission for monitoring the agreement. That meeting would be made up of two members of the Presidency of the Government, two from the first vice presidency, two from the second vice presidency, one from the Secretary of State for Communication, and the corresponding parliamentary spokespersons. But all this must now be rearranged.
But of all those names that made up the Matins of just a few months ago, the Prime Minister will hardly remain. On the socialist side, the new referents after the announced changes are Félix Bolaños instead of Carmen Calvo, Óscar López as chief of staff instead of Iván Redondo, Francesc Vallès as Secretary of State for Communication instead of Miguel Ángel Oliver and Fran Martín , who occupies the general secretariat of the presidency that Bolaños had until now. They should be joined by the new spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez. And whoever occupies Lastra’s position as parliamentary spokesperson in Congress. A change that could take place in September.
While Unidos Podemos faces the challenge of living together without the hegemonic figure of Iglesias, Yolanda Díaz and her team, led by her chief of staff, Josep Vendrell, will have a dialogue with Pedro Sánchez and Óscar López. Also with Nadia Calviño and María Jesús Montero. But the burden will also fall on Ione Belarra, who as secretary general of Podemos is already assuming negotiations in her capacity as Minister of Social Rights. The balance between the two is one of the keys to the next course.