«The PSOE is good at giving in, let it do what it did with ERC and Junts»

The leaks that are being made from those around the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, encouraging the idea that an agreement is close on the renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), contrast with the tone used by the Chief Executive and with official public statements.

This already happened in the last attempt at negotiation, which blew up when the reform of the crime of sedition was crossed. The feeling they have in the PP is beginning to be similar because they believe that the Minister of the Presidency and Minister of Justice, Félix Bolaños, is encouraging an approach that is incompatible with the statements of President Sánchez.

“No news. There is no agreement”. This is the position that the PP held last night, after rumors about an imminent pact between the two main parties to close the pending renewal of the governing body of the judges.

For the agreement to be closed, the PP demands that the political burden of the Council be reduced, within the staging, it is worth keeping in mind, in which neither of the two parties wants to appear before the European inspection as the person responsible for the blockade, Moncloa. and PP have offered to give in to some of their claims to formalize the pact.

But this does not match the very critical tone that Sánchez is using, and which, seen from the outside, seems more aimed at boycotting the agreement than promoting it. Ultimatum, harsh disqualifications… “It does not seem like the most conducive climate to help bring positions closer,” they point out in the PP, from where they slip that “the PSOE is good at giving in, let it do what it did with ERC and Junts.”

The PP remembers how in October 22 they were “deceived” by the Sánchez Government in the matter of modifying the crime of sedition, to which the Executive had committed itself to the independentists.

And it broke out just when the agreement on the CGPJ was about to be closed. “We have already experienced this of the good cop and the bad cop, and it has always ended the same, with Sánchez’s boycott of the agreement,” popular sources point out.

In the Government they see it the other way around, and hold only the PP responsible for the blockade and also for what may happen after this new negotiation process if a consensus is not achieved. The pressure from the report on the Rule of Law in Spain, which will be announced in the coming days, has been understood as an incentive for both parties. Moncloa estimates this, but the analysis they do in the PP is the opposite.

The last attempt at negotiation blew up when the reform of the crime of sedition was crossed

While waiting for Bolaños’ new meeting with the Deputy Secretary of Institutional Relations of the PP, Esteban González Pons, with European mediation, the popular leadership is heard saying that the problem of the amendments and criticisms that this report will include exclusively affects the Government.

They also remember that they now have more strength in Brussels, after the result of the last elections, because Úrsula von der Leyen needs their votes to continue as president of the European Commission and that it cannot be ignored that Sánchez has his wife charged for corruption, so in the EU they are going to be more vigilant about what is done with the governing body of the judges.

The message they want to send from the PP is that they do not accept “being less than the pro-independence parties in terms of Sánchez’s ability to transfer”, and that, therefore, if they want an agreement they have to take steps towards the depoliticization of the system. of election of the members of the Council.

The PP’s starting position was that the judges elect the judges, without nuances, and it was rejected by the Government with the argument that it would mean implementing a “Right-wing Justice” in aeternum. The PP also officially proclaims that it rejects linking this negotiation to that of the renewal of the governor of the Bank of Spain, for example.

The two parties are in a process of justifying and selling the story before their respective parishes. In this context of unprecedented clash between the Executive and the Judiciary, the PP cannot accept an agreement without being able to defend that it has moved towards that election system that leaves the distribution in the hands of the judges.

And for Moncloa to accept this would mean completely losing control not only of the CGPJ, but, and this is what matters most to them, of the Supreme Court when they have pending cases that could end up in the High Court, the case of the State Attorney General for the leak of confidential data of the partner of the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, or the “Begoña Gómez case.”

From the PP they highlight that they have not left the negotiating table, even when the President of the Government has given them an ultimatum to renew the CGPJ in the month of June, a movement that they do not understand if the goal is to understand each other. In Genoa they believe that his “cocky” attitude shows he does not want an agreement.

There are conflicting positions within the PP, where there are voices that warn of the risks of agreeing with the socialists, as Isabel Díaz Ayuso did in public this Wednesday, pointing out that the PSOE “will deceive again” and that if the PP does not renew by changing the election method can make a “mistake” that everyone will regret.