News from the Capitals #21
Europe is a colourful continent in terms of policies and outcomes. It is essential to stay updated on how these policies may impact your work to build better regulatory frameworks, enhance your message and enhance communication with stakeholders. Here you can find a summary of the major European political updates of this week.
The Congress of Deputies is voting today on the validation of the labour reform. This was the star measure of the PSOE-United Podemos coalition and is the one that has caused the most tension between the two parties. It is the law on which the second Vice-President, Yolanda Díaz, bases a large part of her electoral base. In addition to Podemos’ problems with obtaining the support of the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC), it has also faced additional internal opposition. In the meantime, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez made a statement shutting the door for further amendments to be tabled. The socialists explained this by stating that Yolanda Díaz operated as a 'loose canon' and her relationship with Podemos generated instability in the political line of the government.
A private company in charge of care homes was charged with residents’ mistreatment by an independent inquiry that was published in a book last week, getting a lot of media attention. The book denounces rationing of medical supplies and food, excessive fees, and chronic abuse of residents. The company’s CEO has resigned and the case is getting political, elderly people’s care becoming a very important subject in public opinion.
The Sue Gray report, stifled by the ongoing police investigation into 10 Downing Street, did little to rectify Boris Johnson’s position as several other Conservative MPs announced their decision to hand in a letter of no confidence. With today’s announcement on energy caps rising and a NI tax increase set to come into force in April, Johnson will have to turn his focus to the cost-of-living crisis to restore some support from his backbenchers and prevent further letters from being submitted.