Palma.—Balearic President Jose Ramon Bauza and the spokesperson for the opposition PSIB-PSOE Socialist Party, Francina Armengol, are expected to put their political differences aside today when they sit down to discuss the current crisis gripping the Balearics.

The meeting has been called by the Socialists who want to see Bauza taking some immediate and urgent action to resolve some of the more serious problems facing the region.

Armengol said yesterday that they asked for the meeting some six months ago when it became clear that Bauza needed to sit down with all political and social entities to tackle the region's problems.

Armengol, the former President of the Council of Majorca, said that the Balearics is “living through extremely serious” times and that the Socialists can help the government address a number of the key issues.

She said that she favours raising taxes for the wealthy and also demanding that Madrid pay the Balearics the 400 million euros of public funding it agreed to last year and begin negotiating how much state money the islands will receive from Madrid for this year.

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