MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s Socialist acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and the leader of far-left Unidas Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, signed a preliminary agreement on Tuesday aiming to form what they called a “progressive” coalition government.
They will need more parties to join them to have a majority in parliament.
Following are the key points of the deal:
* Make Spain a point of reference in social rights in Europe; defend freedom, tolerance and respect democratic values
* Consolidate economic growth and job creation, combat precarious labour conditions
* Fiscal justice and budget balance. Spending controls are essential for solid and lasting wellbeing of the state
* Guarantee coexistence in Catalonia and normalise political life there after a secession crisis by promoting dialogue and seeking understanding, always based on the Spanish Constitution
* Strengthen autonomy of the regions, guaranteeing equality for all Spaniards
* Fight corruption
* Protect public services, especially in education and healthcare
* Ensure the sustainability of the pension system and pension adjustments to the cost of living
* Housing as a right and not a commodity
* Fight climate change
* Strengthen small and medium-sized companies, make a push for reindustrialisation
* Ensure the right to dignified death, euthanasia
* Safeguard diversity, fight male chauvinist violence, promote gender equality.
Reporting by Belen Carreno and Andrei Khalip