The reciprocal and open hostility between Mariano Rajoy and the new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is a certain novelty in Spanish foreign policy. This is not the first time that there has been friction between the countries of the Union, but since joining the EEC in 1986, successive Spanish governments have tried to maintain, out of doors, a very correct relationship with the other European partners. There was considerable tension with France and Germany during the second term of José María Aznar, regarding Iraq, but campaigns of overt hostility were always avoided. Containment. Formality. Despite the obvious ideological antagonism between Silvio Berlusconi and José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero there were no tears between the man who loved women in his harem of Sardinia and the man who pushed for new laws on the equality of the sexes. Since 1986, except perhaps the moment in which Aznar imagined himself as the leader of a second England, very close to the United States and distant from the Franco-German axis, Spain has tried to be a politically friendly country in the European Union

That tradition is breaking now. Rajoy and his cabinet have decided to openly confront the new Greek left government, with a triple objective. In the first place, it is intended to send a message of strong support to German economic orthodoxy, during the Spanish electoral cycle. Friendship with Angela Merkel. Pro-Berlin line, while François Hollande and Matteo Renzi treat Tsipras cordially, without facing common with him. French and Italians see in Athens a possible lever to pressure Germany in favor of a more lenient austerity policy. Faced with this strategy, Rajoy offers himself to Berlin as guardian of the dominant line. “Spain has done its homework, suffered and is now entering recovery time.” That is the argument of Madrid. A victory, even partial, of the Greek answer, could cause serious problems to Rajoy in the electoral arena.

Syriza has entered the political history of Spain.

It can be consolidated as a suggestive reference for all the disaffected and indignant. And it can be a symbol of a resounding failure, if the proud Greece ends up sinking the knee. Rajoy does not bet on an intermediate line, like French and Italians. The Spanish president offers himself to Berlin as a standard bearer of severity. Actively seconded by the ministers Luis de Guindos (Economy) and José Manuel García-Maragallo (Foreign Affairs), the bet is already decided. The battle with the new Greek government is part of the general strategy of the Popular Party in the face of a high-risk electoral cycle for the Spanish center-right.

Second objective: to discredit Podemos.

<br /><br />Second objective: to discredit Podemos.

Present the new left as a very dependent force of foreign interests. Money coming from Venezuela in the propulsion phase of the new party and friendship with some Greek leftists who do not want to return the credits, or who want to return them with other conditions and deadlines. Caricaturization of Podemos as a conditioned party from the outside. Claim of the ‘Gold of Athens’, recalling that legendary “Gold of Moscow” (the treasure of the Republic sent to the USSR to pay Soviet military aid). Old arguments with new format.

And finally, the feelings. The references of Minister García-Margallo to the pensions that could have been improved with the money lent to Greece are gimmicky. (Almost 26,000 million, broken down as follows: 6,659 million direct loans from the State and 19,600 million private financial operators, guaranteed by the Spanish State). 26,000 million euros is a lot of money. The argument is effective, but dangerous for government advertising, since it invites other calculations. It invites us to calculate, for example, how many pensions could have been improved with the public money allocated to clean up Bankia (22,244 million, of which only 4% had recovered this past summer), or CatalunyaCaixa (12,000 million, of which only 1,187 have been recovered following the sale of the entity to BBVA), as well as public aid to clean up other old savings banks in difficulty. There are calculations that are charged by the devil and it is the first time that from the Spanish governmental sphere explicitly invites the social grievance with another country of the Union. Work the feelings. Massaging patriotism, which also appeals We can at your large meetings. The Spanish neopatria.

AMPL The entrance of the PITMA group brings Racing closer to "viability" in the absence of the Government contributing the 4 million


It will be made with 30% of the shares through a loan of 1.2 million and will provide another 8.5 when the Government complies with the agreement

Racing Santander has signed an agreement with PITMA by which the Cantabrian business group will take 30% of the club’s shares through a loan of 1.2 million euros. The agreement also includes the co-management of the club’s advertising for 10 years and a loan of 8.5 million, which would cancel the debt with the Treasury and “ensure the viability” of Racing.

But these last two points are “conditioned” to the fulfillment by the Government of the commitment to contribute four million in four years through the purchase of advertising media of the Racing.

This was explained on Thursday by the president of the club, Manuel Higuera, in a press conference in which he wanted to convey to institutions and political parties, that for the viability of Racing to be “definitive”, and only lack of approval in the 2017 budgets of the necessary items to materialize the agreement and the awarding of the corresponding contracts.

“That the institutions and the parties understand that there are thousands of people pending of them for this,” Higuera stressed, adding that “we know that the Government is determined to carry it forward.”

The president of Racing has estimated that once approved the regional budget

The president of Racing has estimated that once approved the regional budget The procurement files in the different councils and public companies, eight in total, “can be delayed in the order of a month.” In this way, the club expects that in February the debt with Hacienda will be completely canceled.

Meanwhile, the “firm” loan of 1.2 million will provide the Racing with the “financial coverage” necessary to reach that point “without tensions of treasury”. In fact, Higuera has ensured that the payment of the first installment of the agreement of creditors, scheduled for December, is “guaranteed.”

The 1.2 million PITMA loan will be transformed into capital through a capital increase to be approved at the December shareholders meeting. The acquisition of 30% of the shares of the Racing will mean the departure of three current members of the council – “no one knows who” – and the entry of three representatives of PITMA: its owners, Alfredo Pérez and Pedro Ortíz, and Cristóbal Palacio, lawyer of the group.

This is a “substitution by coptation”

that will take place at the meeting in which the board of directors will approve the call for the shareholders’ meeting, expectedly on November 8. The advertising part of the agreement establishes the co-management of the club’s advertising rights with Alpe Creativa, a company of the PITMA group, for 10 years at a rate of 850,000 euros per year.

Higuera has stressed that the agreement with PITMA means, on the one hand, “the absolute professionalization of the economic-financial area” of the club, “something essential”; the entry into the shareholding of “one of the most important Cantabrian business groups”; and “eliminate uncertainty in the short and medium term.”

“The only thing I hope,” he said, “is for the investment to come out (to PITMA) profitable, not the following,” said Higuera, who pointed out that the “advertising campaign” of the Government “does not represent 30% of the that is going to invest in the Racing this business group “.

At the same time, he has defended that invest “in the best showcase of Cantabria, which is the Racing”, with the purchase of advertising media at the rate of one million euros per year for four years, recovering 4.5 million “the first day” , “it is an investment that in any other facet would not have nor discussion, but around the Racing and the policy the demagogies continue appearing”, it has lamented.

Debt with the Tax Agency

Debt with the Tax Agency

When asked by the media, the president of Racing has said that “it does not arise” as a possible scenario that the government does not fulfill its commitment. If that were the case, “we would return to the situation we are in, we would continue in absolute uncertainty and if Racing rises, it would have to resign because of the debt with the Tax Agency”, he said.

Also, Higuera has trusted that other groups in the region are encouraged to enter the Racing. In fact, the club hopes to expand the number of council members to 12 in December, to give access to other companies. “Nobody doubts that we are back, and that Racing, which is conjuncturally in 2ªB, will return to the first division and will regain its status as a great club that should never have lost,” he stressed.