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Independence parties will have access to official secrets

A week after demanding explanations from the Government for espionage on independence leaders, the Catalan sovereignist parties have managed this Thursday to access the official secrets commission after a regulatory change executed by the president of Congress to circumvent the veto of PP, Vox and Cs .

The Lower House has constituted this Thursday the Commission of Reserved Expenses, the official name of this body, of which deputies from EH Bildu, ERC, JxCat and the CUP have become part, parties allegedly spied on through the Pegasus “software”. The new members of this commission, elected by secret ballot, are Héctor Gómez (PSOE), Cuca Gamarra (PP), Iván Espinosa de los Monteros (Vox), Pablo Echenique (Unidas Podemos), Edmundo Bal (Cs), Aitor Esteban ( PNV), and the independentistas Gabriel Rufián (ERC), Miriam Nogueras (JxCat), Mertxe Aizpurua (EH Bildu) and Albert Botran (CUP). The commission, which meets behind closed doors, will be led by the president of Congress, Meritxell Batet, and will likely start up next week, after the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, offered the Generalitat this way as a formula for offer all the information and calm the anger of the independentistas for the espionage.

The independence movement, which this Wednesday has not participated in the debate, is not convinced by this solution, which it considers insufficient and continues to demand an investigation commission on cyber espionage of more than 60 independence leaders and the assumption of responsibilities. In this context, ERC, until now the main partner of the Government in this legislature, has staged its rupture by voting against the decree of anti-crisis measures due to the war in Ukraine, saved once again by a narrow margin thanks to Bildu’s yes, although the Executive he does not see the stability of the legislature at risk.

On the other hand, the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has firmly supported his Defense Minister, Margarita Robles, pointed out by the independentistas and by their partners from United We Can, as the person responsible for the wiretapping. The purple formation through the mouth of his spokesperson, Pablo Echenique, has warned Sánchez that “being progressive is also defending democracy, and massive espionage for political reasons is not democratic.”

“Your head cannot be offered because you have not done anything wrong,” they defended her from the Executive after the ERC was explicit in asking for her resignation in front of Podemos and Bildu, who have asked for heads to roll, although they have not put names. In this sense, Sánchez has been blunt in supporting the minister with a “of course”, while Robles from Latvia has not felt singled out and has settled that she was “very proud” to support “the Spanish contingent” displaced there.

In this framework, the Executive does not believe that the Pegasus case and the vote against ERC put the legislature at risk, nor does it consider that its new relationship with the PP is damaged. Moncloa affirms that they will continue to count on the popular ones given their evident parliamentary precariousness and because it is good for the country that the two main parties reach agreements.

The PP also does not believe that the final disagreement over the anti-crisis decree will lead to a breakdown of the bridges between Sánchez and the new leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijoó, although he has accused the Government of preferring a “political compromise” with Bildu instead of a “state agreement”. Other parliamentary partners in Congress warn the Government that “there is no reason for it to have to permanently survive on a tightrope”, since it may end up breaking, says the leader of Más País, Íñigo Errejón, while the ERC spokesman, Gabriel Rufián, regrets that the PSOE has “a desire to agree with the PP that is quite noticeable.”

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