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Spanish Government blames Catalan and Basque nationalisms for the lack of foreign investment and job creation

The ‘number two’ of the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalists (CiU), Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida, immediately replied that the Spanish Government is “the one creating mistrust” because of “its discrepancies” and Mariano Rajoy’s “absenteeism”. He also criticised the Spanish Government for not putting in place an action plan to promote employment, “despite having the tools to do so”. Soraya Sáenz de Santamaria, the Spanish Government’s Deputy Prime Minister and Spokesperson, has blamed Catalan and Basque nationalisms for “promoting a climate of instability”. They create “mistrust and insecurity”, which “keeps away foreign investment” and “job creation”, said Sáenz de Santamaria the week Basque elections have been announced.

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24 August 2012 10:54 PM

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ACN / Gaspar Pericay Coll

Barcelona (ACN).- The Spanish Government\u2019s Deputy Prime Minister and Spokesperson, Soraya Saénz de Sanatamaría, said this Friday in a press conference that Catalan and Basque nationalisms \u201Cpromote a climate of instability in our country that keeps investment and employment away\u201D and they \u201Ccreate mistrust and insecurity\u201D. The same week Basque elections have been announced for next October, Saénz de Santamaría indirectly accused the Catalan and Basque nationalisms for \u201Cdistracting attention from the important debate\u201D and asked for \u201Cresponsibility and stability\u201D considering the current economic times. A few hours later, the \u2018number two\u2019 of the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalists (CiU), Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida, replied accusing the Spanish Government as responsible for the \u201Cmistrust and insecurity\u201D affecting Spain, because of its internal \u201Cdiscrepancies\u201D and the \u201Cabsenteeism\u201D of the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy. According to Duran, Saénz de Santamaria \u201Clooks at the speck of sawdust in her neighbour\u2019s eye and pays no attention to the plank in her own eye\u201D. Duran blamed the Spanish Government for not having put in place an action plan to combat unemployment, \u201Cdespite having the tools to do so\u201D. According to the last Active Population Survey, unemployment decreased in Catalonia and the Basque Country and increased in the whole of Spain. At the end of June, Catalonia and the Basque Country had an unemployment rate of 20.9% and 15.3% respectively, while overall Spanish unemployment was set at 24.6%.


When the Spanish Deputy Prime Minister was asked by a journalist about the increasing calls for independence in Catalonia, Sáenz de Santamaría, from the People\u2019s Party (PP), emphasised the need to move in the same direction and \u201Cnot look for new elements of confrontation\u201D. Sáenz de Santamaría, who said on Tuesday that she was \u201Cvery worried about a [hypothetical] victory of the Basque independence party\u201D the same day Basque elections had been called for next October, accused Catalan and Basque Nationalism of creating \u201Cmistrust and instability\u201D. \u201CHow can we tell people to trust Spain, to invest in Spain, to create jobs if some people are promoting a climate of instability in our country that keeps investment and employment away, and creates mistrust and insecurity?\u201D, she questioned. \u201CWe [should be] talking about food, about real things, about employment\u201D, emphasised the Spanish Deputy Prime Minister, and not \u201Cdistracting\u201D people, referring to the Catalan demands for a fairer revenue redistribution, reducing Catalonia\u2019s solidarity contribution to the rest of Spain, which accounts for 8.5% the Catalan GDP .

The number two of the main Catalan Nationalist coalition, running the Catalan Government, blamed the Spanish Government\u2019s internal discrepancies as the main cause for the mistrust. \u201CDoes what Montoro [Spanish Finance Minister] says build trust? Or his discrepancies with De Guindos [Spanish Minister for the Economy]? Or the quarrels with Soraya [Sáenz de Santamaría]? Or the absenteeism of Rajoy [Spain\u2019s Prime Minister]?\u201D said Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida. \u201CShe looks at the speck of sawdust in her neighbour\u2019s eye and pays no attention to the plank in her own eye\u201D, emphasised Duran. He also added: \u201CHow cheeky!\u201D accusing the Spanish Government of not developing an action plan to fight unemployment \u201Cdespite having the tools to do so\u201D.

Sáenz de Santamaria accused the Basque and Catalan nationalisms of not focusing on creating jobs and distracting public attention from this debate and \u201Clooking for new elements of confrontation\u201D. She said so despite the fact that the Basque Country and Catalonia have unemployment rates below the Spanish average. Her comments were also made the day after the Spanish Public TV Broadcaster (RTVE) announced it will broadcast bullfights again, after 6 years of not doing so. RTVE said it would broadcast the \u201Cnational party\u201D of bullfights as \u201Cevery Spanish citizen should have access to them\u201D. The Spanish Government, run by the PP, has completely changed the managing structure of RTVE since it took power eight months ago.

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  • Soraya Sáenz de Sntamaria (center) at this Friday press conference (by La Moncloa / ACN)

  • Soraya Sáenz de Sntamaria (center) at this Friday press conference (by La Moncloa / ACN)