The pulse at Government of Pedro Sánchez and the amnesty law agreed by the PSOE with ERC and Junts focused this Wednesday a fierce debate in the European Parliament, which oscillated between accusations of “betrayal” on the part of the conservative part of the Spanish Executive and criticism from the left of the PP for not having accepted the electoral result of last July 23, and in which the justice commissioner, Didier Reyndersrecalled that the European Commission will analyze the development of the future standard in a “careful, independent and objective” manner, “in contact with the Spanish authorities”, and that the exercise will end “once there is a text final approved by Parliament. . » .
Despite the intervention of certain MEPs from other countries, particularly mobilized by the right and the far right, the debate entitled “Threat to the rule of law following the government agreement in Spain” – promoted by the PP with the support of Cs and Vox– was deeply Spanish and transferred the political confrontation that we are experiencing at the national level to the hemicycle of the European Parliament. A discussion that did not materialize no sort of political resolutionbut this increases the pressure on Commissioner Reynders, who watched the fight impassively.
“The Commission is aware of the agreement reached between two political parties during the inauguration of the new Spanish government. We know that this agreement allows for an amnesty and the creation of special committees in Parliament”, explained Reynders during a long initial intervention in which he detailed in detail the content of the latest report on the rule of law 2023 in Spain, which requires, for example, the urgent renewal of the General Council of the Judicial Power (CGPJ), before addressing the question of amnesty.
The Belgian liberal recalled that he had written a letter to two ministers in office to ask them for explanations on the new law, explaining that Minister Félix Bolaños had responded by offering his “availability for dialogue” – which the secretary of State reiterated during the debate. Angeles Moreno– and he mentioned that he received “many complaints” from citizens, which will be reflected in the 2024 Rule of Law report, although he made it clear that the situation in Catalonia continues to be a internal problem. in Spain this must be resolved “according to the Spanish constitutional order”.
Offensive of the PP, Cs and Vox
Faced with the caution of the European Commission, interventions, particularly from the right and the far right, have been extremely harsh. The president of the EPP, Manfred Weberexpressed his group’s concern over what he sees as “the deterioration, not to say abolition, of the rule of law in Spain” and warned that “Sánchez will go down in history as the who violated the rule of law and Feijóo as the one who violated the rule of law”. the one that He saved her.”
On behalf of the liberals, the first to intervene was the leader of the liberals, the leader of Cs, Adrian Vazquez, who described the law as “a violation of the rule of law” and as being “tailor-made” and written by those who will benefit from it. Vox MEP was even more critical, Jorge Buxadewho called the law a “coup d’état” and accused Sánchez of being a “narcissist, liar and with a pathological need for power.”
Faced with the tone of these groups, they defended the social democratic law and the left which accused the PP of not accepting the electoral results of 23D and of not opting for the path of reconciliation. “We are going to be the party that recovers coexistence between Catalans and between Catalans and the rest of Spain. I recommend you read Antonio Machado: by walking you trace a path and when you look back you see the path that you will never have to walk again”, replied the president of the Social Democrats, Iratxe Garcia, to Weber. “It will be demonstrated that this does not go against either the Spanish Constitution or the values of the EU,” he said. Jordi Solé.
Even if Carles Puigdemont did not speak during the debate, which lasted a little over an hour, he nevertheless left his opinion in the corridors of the hemicycle and on the social network on the credibility of the European institutions “because the PP and C “in their populist policy This drift” leads the Commission and the European Parliament “in an unusual situation, in which an investiture pact signed by two parties becomes a European question”. In the same note, he deplored the role of Weber “transformed into an ordinary politician of the Spanish PP, one of those who never feels embarrassed to share demonstrations with fascists and Nazis, to assert lies and not to oppose the data minimally.” “The European PP abandons the central path that Christian democracy once opened and adopts the criteria and standards of its Spanish subsidiary, heir to Francoism,” he concluded.
PSOE sources, for their part, defended that the PP “failed in its attempt to get the European Commission to take a position against the amnesty bill”, since Reynders stressed that it was about an “internal question”. . “The PP demonstrated to the European headquarters that it is indistinguishable from Vox: they use the same harsh tone and the same lies. Their goal is to harm the progressive government, but what they are doing is harming the image of Spain,” they added, stressing that “the rule of law is at the center of the action government policy.