Spanish Government blames Catalan and Basque nationalisms

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

Barcelona (ACN).- The Spanish Government’s Deputy Prime Minister and Spokesperson, Soraya Saénz de Sanatamaría, said this Friday in a press conference that Catalan and Basque nationalisms “promote a climate of instability in our country that keeps investment and employment away” and they “create mistrust and insecurity”. The same week Basque elections have been announced for next October, Saénz de Santamaría indirectly accused the Catalan and Basque nationalisms for “distracting attention from the important debate” and asked for “responsibility and stability” considering the current economic times. A few hours later, the ‘number two’ of the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalists (CiU), Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida, replied accusing the Spanish Government as responsible for the “mistrust and insecurity” affecting Spain, because of its internal “discrepancies” and the “absenteeism” of the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy. According to Duran, Saénz de Santamaria “looks at the speck of sawdust in her neighbour’s eye and pays no attention to the plank in her own eye”. Duran blamed the Spanish Government for not having put in place an action plan to combat unemployment, “despite having the tools to do so”. 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%.

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