When the right ties up the ultras, by Xavier Rius Sant I To understand + the extreme right

It is early to know if the government agreement between the Popular Party of Castile and Leonled by the president of the community, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, with the regional leader of Vox, Juan García Gallardo, by which Gallardo will be vice president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Vox obtaining four ministries in addition to the presidency of the regional courts, will be the model to follow in the policy of pacts that Alberto Núñez Feijóo’s PP will develop when he presides over it, or if it was just a goal from the sector of the party favorable to the alliance with the ultras, taking advantage of the situation of these days without Married and without Feijóo having been appointed president of the party yet. Pablo Casado said he was not in favor of agreeing with Vox and a year and a half ago he was very harsh with Santiago Abascal, when Vox presented the motion of censure to Pedro Sánchez

At the moment the president of the European People’s Party, Donald Tuskhas shown his disapproval of the agreement of the popular Galicians with Vox. And it is that the majority opinion among European conservatives and Christian Democrats is that it must be done cordon sanitaire to the ultras. Not only by not reaching government agreements with them, but avoiding legitimizing their proposals. This is how the French right has always acted, that when a candidate from the National Front, now the National Rally, has gone to the second round in national, regional or local elections, the rest of the parties have asked for the vote for the candidate who was not from the National Front. Only and from the anti-capitalist left, Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the Untamed France, partially broke this cordon sanitaire in the last French presidential elections, by not asking for the vote for Macron.

The Christian Democratic German CDU is also clear about the cordon sanitaire to the Alternative ultras for Germany. And now two years ago, when after repeated unsuccessful attempts to form a government in the ‘land’ of Thuringia, the CDU voted in favor of an investiture pact with Alternative for Germany and the Liberals to give the presidency of the region to Thomas Kemmerich , of the liberal FDP, Angela Merkel aborted the pact, withdrawing support for Kemmerich who resigned from the presidency, later forming a government headed by the former Die Linke communists, with the approval of the CDU. In Belgium, the right is also clear that there is no need to agree with the ultras of the Vlaams Belang. And in Holland, the popular Mark Rutte have also applied the cord, with some bumps. But instead, in Austria or Italy member parties of the European People’s Party have had no qualms about governing with the extreme right.

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The clearest case is Austria, where the Austrian People’s Party, ÖVP, has governed on several occasions with the ultras of the Austrian Freedom Party, FPÖ. Unlike Germany, where there is a feeling of guilt for the barbarities of Nazism and racist ideology, Austrians don’t have that feeling of guilt, alleging that when they were annexed by Germany they were not executioners but victims of the Third Reich. The last time the FPÖ entered the government was in 2018, breaking up the following year, not for programmatic reasons, but for a corruption scandal that affected its leader, Heinz Christian Strache. And the other country in which the extreme right has formed and forms part of the governments is Italy, with the League of Matteo Salvini, formerly called Northern League. Let us remember Salvini’s position, as Vice President of the Government and Minister of the Interior in 2019, when he refused to obey orders to allow the landing of the Open Arms. At that time there was a government of the populist 5 Star Movement and the League. Now the League continues in the Government, but it is an Executive, let’s say, of concentration that presides Mario Draghi, of which five parties are part, also the center left of the Democratic Party.

We will see what happens in future elections beyond Castilla y León, when Núñez Feijóo presides over the party. Feijóo has governed Galicia where knowledge of the Galician language is required either as a requirement or as a merit, to access the administration. And the rejection of that alleged discrimination and breach of the principle of equality of the Spanish is part of Vox’s ideological DNA. Another of Vox’s principles is the rejection of the tutelage of Brussels, but the Polish colleagues of Vox in the Conservatives and Reformists group of the European Parliament, Law and Justice that governs, allow themselves to be embraced and helped by Brussels in the face of the war in Ukraine. Everything is changeable!

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