After an extensive tour through Europe in which he visited Spain, France and Germany, Alberto Fernandez returned to Argentina in the early hours of this Saturday and resumes the local agenda in the midst of a scene shaken by the political crisis affecting the ruling coalition and the inflationary escalation.
The plane that brought him back landed at 0.10 this Saturday at the Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini International Airport, coming from the Charles de Gaulle air terminal, on the outskirts of Paris.
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During his official tour, the president met in Spain with the head of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sanchezand with the king Philip VI. In Germany he had a meeting with the chancellor Olaf Scholz; and in France he met the president Emmanuel Macron, recently re-elected. They agreed in Paris on the need to “respond collectively” the consequences of the Russian invasion in Ukraine and warned about the risk of an energy and food crisis in the most disadvantaged areas of the planet.
The coincidences between Fernández -in charge of the pro tempore Presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States- and Macron -president of the European Union (EU) until June 1- were expressed in a joint statement to the press, before the meeting on Friday at the presidential palace, on the last day of the European tour.
Criticism of Cristina Kirchner and the possibility of a re-election: Alberto Fernández’s speech during the tour
Beyond the motivations of the trip, Alberto Fernández could not detach himself from the official internal. On the contrary, he continued to feed Cristina Kirchner with questions. Meanwhile, during an interview with a Spanish media sowed the possibility of going for re-election. Already in France, he chose to tone down the dispute with the vice president and the manifest intention of renewing his mandate. Two contradictory speeches in two days.
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“I think that (Cristina Kirchner’s) is a partial view, absolutely economical, that neglects everything that we had to spend in between. We are experiencing a pandemic, a tragedy that humanity lives from time to time, which has claimed 6 million lives in the world, more than 100,000 Argentines. And yet, we managed to ensure that no Argentine was left without the medical care he needed, “said Fernández upon his arrival in Europe.
Then, in Germany, Fernández referred to the vice president again. He did not name her, although he took up a phrase that CFK had said days before during his presentation in Chaco. “I did not disappoint part of my electorate, that is what some say. I do believe that the pandemic greatly affected Argentine society. Argentina was going through a moment of enormous crisis when I took office. Inflation was 54%, huh. So that we have it clear, ”she emphasized.
Already in France, about the end of the tour, he said: ”I don’t have or want to fight with Cristina. I have to fight with (Mauricio) Macri. I have to fight with the right”. He affirmed that with Cristina he does not have a dispute, but differences. And he backed down with his statement heading to 2023: “The truth is that I am not thinking about my re-election. I am thinking about how to get out of the problems we have.”
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Back in the country, the head of state faces several fronts. The vice president will insist with leave Martín Guzmán out of the cabinet, Economy Minister. The difficulties in containing the rise in prices became the main argument for the vice president to ask for his departure. And Máximo Kirchner gave him the “welcome” with a phrase: “When you want to drive, you must also know how to obey”.
Alberto Fernández and Cristina Kirchner have passed 75 days without exchanging words. The last time was March 1during the tense opening of the regular sessions of Congress. From there there were only short circuits. And everything suggests that they will not stop.