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Rally with various far-right leaders organised by Spanish far-right Vox party ahead of the European elections, in Madrid
Argentina's President Javier Milei speaks during a rally organised by the Spanish far-right Vox party ahead of the European elections, with various far-right leaders, in Madrid, Spain, May 19, 2024. REUTERS/Ana Beltran Image: Reuters/Ana Beltran
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Spain recalls ambassador after Argentina's Milei calls PM's wife 'corrupt'

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Spain recalled its ambassador to Buenos Aires for consultations on Sunday after Argentina's President Javier Milei made derogatory comments about Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's wife during a far-right rally in Madrid.

Milei had called Sanchez's wife Begona Gomez "corrupt" during a rally in Madrid organized by the far-right Vox party and attended by many of its international allies.

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares said he expected an apology from Milei.

Other ministers also condemned Milei's speech, in which he described socialism as "cursed and carcinogenic". Sanchez leads Spain's Socialist Party.

"With his behavior, Milei has brought the relationship between Spain and Argentina to its most serious state in recent history," Albares said in a video statement.

Milei's visit broke with diplomatic protocol as he refused to meet Spain's King Felipe and Sanchez, instead preferring to promote his book alongside Vox leader Santiago Abascal at the party rally.

The European Union's foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said in a post on social messaging app X that "attacks against family members of political leaders have no place in our culture".

Spain's main opposition party, the conservative People's Party (PP), refused to support Madrid's stance, with party sources saying that Sanchez should have provided explanations about the alleged corruption case weeks ago.

"His silence generates internal doubts, but also distrust abroad," a PP source said, adding that the party's job was to oppose the Spanish government and not Milei.

A city court said in April it was looking into accusations of influence peddling and business corruption against Sanchez's wife, brought in a private complaint by Manos Limpias, or Clean Hands, an anti-corruption activist group.

However, Madrid's prosecuting authority later said it was appealing to have the case thrown out for lack of evidence.

Sanchez decided to stay in office after five days of weighing his future once the probe against his wife was announced.

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President Javier Milei made derogatory comments about Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's wife during a far-right rally in Madrid.

Countdown 3..2..1 until Milei is exposed for corruption as the neo-liberal banker stooge peddling trickle down economics.

Like the similar populist candidates up north whose most significant actions on economic policy were massive tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations.

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Countdown 3..2..1 until Milei is exposed for corruption as the neo-liberal

Nothing liberal about the guy.

banker stooge peddling trickle down economics. 

Like my parents told me, sometimes you have to go through a little hardship before you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Like the similar populist candidates up north whose most significant actions on economic policy were massive tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations

Which spurred growth for small businesses and helped build up corporate capital to hire and train people, bigger pay raises and bonuses. Can’t get a job from a poor socialist.

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To borrow from Seinfeld...'the thing about Milei is, he is an idiot.'

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Argentina's President Javier Milei interring in elections in the EU happening next month.

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Argentina's President Javier Milei interring in elections in the EU happening next month.

Doing a great job.

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Argentina's President Javier Milei interring in elections in the EU happening next month.

> Doing a great job.

So you would find it acceptable if a foreign president like Putin interred in the elections this year?

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Outside of the US the term "neoliberal" could be replaced by Laissez Faire. What the US calls an arch conservative the rest of the world calls neo-liberal

Yeah, that is pretty much the liberal's take on it, they view Socialism as something good and wholesome, give me a damn break.

This right there reinforces my belief that the stereotypical US-American conservative couldn't explain the difference between liberalism, neoliberalism, socialism, and communism to save their life.

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This right there reinforces my belief that the stereotypical US-American conservative couldn't explain the difference between liberalism, neoliberalism, socialism, and communism to save their life.

Interesting, because the stereotypical US liberals don't see much difference between liberalism, neoliberalism, socialism, and communism to save their lives.

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Again, this clown will finish to sink Argentina..

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Doing a great job.

Joke of the month, LOL...

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