Updated Friday, February 9, 2024-00:07

Pedro Sánchez's plan to amnesty his pro-independence partners is encountering an increasingly contrary state of opinion in the European Union. To the doubts about the possible damage of the future law on the Spanish rule of law, which the Commission closely monitors, has been added concern about the ties that its main beneficiary, Carles Puigdemont, maintained with Putin's Russia.

This concern frames the important resolution that the European Parliament approved yesterday overwhelmingly.


For the first time, the institution singles out two of its MEPs for their alleged links with the Kremlin: the Latvian Tatjana Zdanoka - also an enthusiastic defender of


- and the ex


escaped, who will be the subject of a report to analyze whether he has violated Parliament's Code of Conduct.

The text is also relevant because

Puigdemont appears cited within a range of possible cases of Russian interference in Member States

, from Slovakia to Germany, where the links of an employee of the European Parliament, affiliated with the far-right AfD, with the Russian secret services are denounced. Regarding the Junts leader, it is highlighted that, according to journalistic investigations, he received the alleged Kremlin emissary Nikolai Sadovnikov at his official residence one day before declaring the independence of Catalonia.

Behind the


, the EU is very concerned about Russian operations aimed at "undermining European democracy", often in the hands of extremist and anti-European parties aiming for a big result in the June elections. The battle is crucial for the survival of European values, and yesterday's vote defined its contenders precisely:

MEPs from the extreme right and the pro-Putinist left were left alone voting against.

Among them, those of Sumar, Podemos, Junts -Puigdemont was absent- and ERC. The PNV abstained. Vox, where several souls live together, supported it, although Jorge Buxadé did not vote. For their part, the PSOE MEPs had no choice but to support the text so as not to be portrayed alongside the extremists, although the social democratic group did not support the amendment that the liberals and popular groups managed to push through with the express quote to Puigdemont.

The European resolution also contains another key element that commits Sánchez, and that is that

breaks the speech of



while in Spain the PSOE attacks the instructors of the causes of the


, the EU sends a message of unequivocal support to Judge Joaquín Aguirre, who has extended the investigations into the Russian plot of the

Volhov case

. In short, it will be increasingly difficult for the president to explain to Europe an amnesty that will benefit those who allegedly collaborated with Moscow to destabilize our country, in a

impudent exchange of impunity for power.


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