ERC recovers the demand for total control of Catalan judges

It would not be enough for ERC alone with the seduction campaign that Moncloa has launched with the “hare” of singular financing for Catalonia. Two other conditions are on the table, consultation and recovering aspects of the Statute that the Constitutional Court overthrew, such as judicial autonomy, with its own governing body for Catalan judges that controls appointments.

Those from ERC want to ensure control of their own Justice, a demand that has already been present in other negotiations with Moncloa. That thesis of the socialists of recovering the Statute that the Constitutional Court overthrew was completely overcome by the “procés”, and there is no going back, but the republicans have been insistent on a point that they now return to, and that, may Whether it is a coincidence or not, former minister Salvador Illa already winked at him in his last electoral program when he proposed a deconcentration of the Judiciary.

It is an old nationalist demand that would serve to short-circuit the only power that until now remains outside the area of ​​influence of the Generalitat. In the judicial field they are on alert because they see the risk that this time Pedro Sánchez will give in to this independence demand through the decentralization of the General Council of the Judiciary.

This would serve to silence the power of the State that has been giving the independence movement the most problems and upsets in recent years, and which also threatens the application of the amnesty.

It is worth remembering that the PSOE has winked at this proposal on numerous occasions. In fact, Sánchez's party already signed the so-called Granada Declaration in 2013, which defended a review of the autonomous State to advance the federal territorial structure. It already supported the deconcentration of certain judicial administrative decisions.

It would serve to silence the power of the State that is causing the most problems and disappointments for the independence movement.

In 2017, PSOE and PSC signed the Barcelona declaration, where the direct control of judges by the Generalitat is explicitly appealed. In that declaration, the socialists proposed the recovery of some of the points of the Statute that were declared unconstitutional, as well as a reform of the organic law of the Judiciary, to provide them with their own council, independent of the CGPJ and with the capacity to appoint judges such as the of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia, which is responsible for judging the autonomous community's legal abatements.

In the regional elections prior to those held now, the PSC already picked up the gauntlet and once again revived the Justice Council of Catalonia. Then they said that they were going to promote the reform of the organic law of the Judiciary, incorporating the provisions on the Council of Justice of Catalonia and configuring it as a decentralized body of the General Council of the Judiciary itself.

For the moment, Moncloa has wanted to concentrate all the attention of the ERC's conquest work on that fiscal pact that addresses the uniqueness of Catalonia, when what the independentists are talking about is their own financing model that resembles the Basque concert.

The Republicans, divided and in a deep internal crisis, have a problem if there is a repeat election, but, at the same time, they also need to separate from the PSC and the PSOE if they want to survive politically. To advance on that path of achieving the support of ERC, In parallel, Moncloa has started another campaign against the president of Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano García Page, who has emerged as the most critical voice of the concessions to the independence movement.

For example, from Moncloa comes the data, which has been published by related media, which says that Catalonia is the third community that contributes the most to the common regime and the eleventh to receive, while Castilla-La Mancha occupies fourteenth place in both cases.

Sánchez assumes the wear and tear because the numbers make it clear that they cannot advance the generals

By the way, ERC does not want to negotiate directly with the PSC and demands to do so with Madrid, while, in parallel, President Sánchez does not spare his praise for them. In an interview in La Vanguardia this Sunday he went so far as to assure that “the future of Catalonia and much of Spain depends on the strategic relationship between the socialists and ERC.”

Privately he is letting them know that his relationship with Junts will be secondary, since they believe that ERC can play the same role in Madrid that CiU played, but moving the ball from the left. They forget that there is no majority in Congress without the votes of Junts, so ERC's left-wing proposals cannot move forward.

Despite the difficulties, Sánchez has decided to assume the wear and tear of the new independence demands because the numbers they manage in Moncloa make it clear that they cannot advance the general elections because they would lose power. And the electoral repetition in Catalonia would be interpreted as another symptom of weakness and decomposition of the coalition government, and a confirmation that it is most likely that there will be generals at the beginning of next year at the latest.

In another interview, published this Sunday by LA RAZÓN, the president of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, warned that Sánchez has deceived the former president of the Generalitat Carles Puigdemont with the amnesty, because it is inapplicable by the judges, and he also pointed out that this government began in Catalonia and may also have its end in Catalonia.