Spain has been badly hit by the corona pandemic. Many people died and the economy collapsed. A new cabinet should now take care of the reconstruction of the country and ensure better polling results.
The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is reshuffling his government. “Today the government begins the revival to overcome the worst catastrophe humankind in decades,” said Sánchez on Saturday with a view to the corona pandemic.
The most important change was the move from Nadia Calviño to the post of first deputy head of government, previously held by the left-wing Carmen Calvo. Calviño, who surprisingly failed to elect the new head of the Eurogroup a year ago, is now number two in the minority government made up of the socialist PSOE and the left-wing alternative Unidas Podemos.
Election defeats for ruling party
Calviño is an advocate of a more market economy course and, as Minister of Economic Affairs, had often clashed with Unidas Podemos. Labor Minister Yolanda Díaz will move from third to second deputy head of government. Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya will be replaced by the current Spanish ambassador in Paris, José Manuel Albaren. The five ministers of the coalition partner Podemos are to keep their posts.
Sánchez has been in power since mid-2018. Since taking office for the second time at the beginning of 2020, however, he has only led a minority government in which his social-democratic PSOE forms a coalition with the far-left Podemos party.
Sánchez’s government has suffered a number of setbacks in the past few months. In the regional elections in Madrid, Podemos and the Socialists suffered a severe defeat by the Conservatives. The recent release of new Catalan separatists has also alienated many supporters.