Rajoy’s decision not to hike pensions unites opposition

Virtually all parliamentary groupings sign up to Constitutional Court appeal against PP government's move

The government of Mariano Rajoy has accomplished the rare feat of uniting all of Spain’s opposition parties. Six parliamentary groups have reached an agreement to file an appeal with the Constitutional Court over the decision not to grant cost-of-living hikes to Spain’s pensioners.

Only the Navarre People’s Union (UPN) and Foro Asturias, which both have strong links with Rajoy’s majority Popular Party (PP), did not sign the appeal to the top court.

The parties argue that last month’s decision violates section 9.3 of the Constitution, which guarantees, among other things, “the non-retroactivity of punitive provisions that are not favorable to or restrictive of individual rights.”

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