Spanish PM Sánchez asks to postpone European Council presidency speech

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez asked the European Parliament on Friday to postpone a July 13 address in which he was set to present his country’s priorities to the presidency of the Council of the European Union to the plenary in Strasbourg.

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After his Socialist Party suffered massive defeats across Spain in regional and municipal elections last week, Sánchez snap election For 23 July – exactly three weeks after Madrid took over the presidency of the six-month rotating council on 1 July.

center-right with the popular party leading the polls Prior to the vote, questions were raised whether it made sense for Sánchez to put his plans for the presidency on hold with less than two weeks before a vote that could see him lose office.

In a letter to European Parliament President Roberta Metsola on Friday, revealed Manfred Weber, head of the European People’s Party, essentially won the Spanish election by defeating Spain’s Popular Party leader Alberto Núñez-Feijú, according to Politico’s Brussels Playbook.

Weber asked that the Spanish leader’s address to MEPs be pushed back until September – halfway through the country’s turn in the hot seat – “to give the newly elected prime minister the opportunity to present the council’s priorities outside the domestic political battle”. to permit.”

Hours later, Sánchez revealed that he had already formally requested that parliament adjourn the speech.

The request was made earlier this week, 24 hours after the prime minister called for midterm elections, according to La Moncloa, the government headquarters in Madrid.