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Rajoy calls for unity in Spain to defend the EU’s advances into integration.

Session in Congress over the conclusions of the European Council.

Pablo Iglesias asked the PM to clarify if his list of success of the EU really implicates more austerity.

Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, requested today Wednesday, for all the parties to be united in the defence for the consolidation of the EU, and defended an even greater integration, before assuring Spain was ready to advance at whatever speed.

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‘Spain must lead this integration, with all those which want to follow it in the defence of the consolidation of the EU, a greater European integration. Spain is ready to advance.’ Relating what he had said in Brussels last week.

Rajoy bragged about the strength of the Spanish economy to face the challenges inside the EU, and he numerated some future ideas for the European Community and its future solidity and strength.

He said he was in favour of a European banking union, the deepening of the coordination of economic policies to advance to a fiscal union.
Here he defended the European Budgets have to be large enough to support those countries facing a difficult time during the financial turbulence, and the possibility to emit unified debt using Eurobonds.

Special relevance has the Rome Summit on March 25 – the 60th anniversary of the Rome agreement, and he expected this to prove to be a ‘point of inflection’ to launch a message of illusion, confidence and unity for the future.

His central idea in highlighting Rome because he believes the EU has been successful and then must preserve and extend past achievements. Without specifying two velocities, the defend Spain’s position in foreign policy, defence and immigration, the fight against terrorism and monetary union.

For Rajoy, Spain must contribute to the EU is strength and consolidation and so he asks all the Spaniards to be united behind his objectives. ‘We are not just one other country, but one of the grandest for our territory, population and our economic weight’ he added.

In Brussels he defended adopted reforms should not be reversed, fiscal consolidation must be preserved and trade has to increase. With a greater integration Spain can become a leader in the digital world and showing that world the solidity of our infrastructures.

Pablo Iglesias highlighted ‘the elephant in the room’ considering the after effects of Brexit for Spain, and he quoted unofficial figures regarding who would cover the financial black hole when the UK has left, naming more than 800 million €, and Murcia and Melilla would lose European funds.

For Iglesias, Rajoy had been triumphalist in his speech and was not living in reality and considered the EU ‘had been a history of political failures’