Zapatero, Rajoy showdown fixed next Tuesday
3 September 2004, MADRID – Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero will meet with opposition counterpart Mariano Rajoy next week, it was announced Friday.
3 September 2004
MADRID – Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero will meet with opposition counterpart Mariano Rajoy next week, it was announced Friday.
In the first of a series of meetings between Zapatero and opposition leaders, the premier is to meet the head of the conservative Popular Party on Tuesday.
Rajoy asked to meet Zapatero earlier this week because he said he was concerned about the Socialist government's standpoint on the proposed referendum on a new European Constitution.
Zapatero wants to hold a referendum early next year to see if the Spanish people agree to the proposed EU constitution which was provisionally agreed earlier this summer.
The Popular Party is opposed to the changes to the EU Constitution.
The two leaders are also expected to discuss the proposed reform of the Spanish Constitution in which the Socialists plan to give more power to the regions.
The opposition Popular Party has also been traditionally opposed to central government conceding any more power to the regions.
The leaders will also discuss the government's plans to introduce new laws this autumn.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news