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Duran: Obama’s comments are irresponsible

Spain’s political leaders have been reacting to President Obama’s comments this morning.

Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida (pictured), spokesman of the CiU in Congress, has been particularly outspoken about his views on the US premier’s earlier remarks. President Obama’s suggestion that Spain was the Eurozone’s next big problem was “not the most responsible thing to do,” Duran said this afternoon.

He added: “All leaders should be responsible in moments as delicate as this. I do not believe that President Obama is in the best position to give lessons to the rest of the world, because the North American economy also has a very significant deficit.”

The spokesman for the PP in Congress, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, was less critical of Obama, although politely reminded him that those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. She said: “In the PP we want Spain to turn the page on the convulsions and uncertainties that we have been living through these past months, and I imagine that Mr Obama himself wants the same for the United States”.

CiU also reject Rubalcaba’s Wealth Tax proposals

It is not just the PP’s Mariano Rajoy who has dismissed as naked opportunism Rubalcaba’s attempt to reinstate the old Wealth Tax. Josep Antoni Duran Lleida, the spokesman of Convergència i Unió in the Congress has criticised the Socialists and their candidate Rubalcaba for being populists.

Duran admitted this morning that the fiscal system does need reform, but urged that this should be done “without penalising savings” and in a way which does not hurt the middle classes.

“Simply bringing back the Wealth Tax is madness,” he said.


Image Attribution: Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida by Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya