The prime minister proposed this Thursday to the Congress of Deputies to reform the CNI’s legal framework to give it greater judicial control and adapt the management of classified information to the demands of the times. This announcement was the main asset that Pedro Sanchez brought before Congress, forced to introduce himself to explain the Pegasus spy scandal. But the proposal did not convince the Catalan government, which suffered from telephone interference, nor most of Sánchez’s parliamentary partners, who warned that deep changes in control structures, such as the secret services, were needed.
Father Aragones didn’t follow Sanchez’s live performance because he had his own plans, although he did tweet after learning of Moncloa’s offer. “Basic questions remain unanswered. Faced with this case of unprecedented mass espionage, do not underestimate and waste time. Only clear explanations and responsibilities,” he wrote. “The government continues without taking any blame,” the Republican team counters. The government has not yet evaluated the proposal to reform the laws on the secret services, although they have pressed the Generalitat and the ERC for legal changes guaranteeing greater judicial and political control, but consider this announcement “completely insufficient.” “.
You ask them the basics to continue with no answer. Davant d’aquest cas d’espionatge massiu means precedents, not val minimitzar i deixar passar el temps. No more clear explanations and responsibilities.
— Father Aragones and Garcia 🎗 (@perearagones) May 26, 2022
The “questions that remain unanswered” that Aragones referred to are those that the ERC leader raised in Congress minutes earlier. “What did you come here to do today?” Rufian opened fire, making it ugly that Sanchez devoted much of his speech to denouncing the PP. “Why are you promising more judicial control if you are the biggest controller of the CNI?” the Republican continued. “What crime have the spies committed besides that? [ser independentistas]?” he said, “if tomorrow the union cuts a railway line or burns a container, will they listen to their phones too?”
Rufian also questioned why Father Aragones was being spied on, why this was also being done at the time he was negotiating Sanchez’s investiture, and what happened to the information received. Two weeks ago, it was the Government that sent an official request to the Council of Ministers to declassify this information, to which no response has yet been received.
Sanchez also found no support in PNV, another of the government’s most loyal partners. “Espionage must be thoroughly investigated, because a false closure will not help even your government,” Aitor Esteban assured. Leader Eltsale referred to his party’s long push for updating the state secrets law, which was paralyzed in Congress, although he used his own recipe for the changes that need to be made to overcome the crisis, which they present on paper. not so far from those offered by the government. “We must update the law on secrets and update the law on CNI,” he stressed.
However, Esteban has made it clear that his party will also not be satisfied with a simple legal update, because his demands are also in line with the completion of the democratization of the police and intelligence structures. “The state continues to move on a wave of constant transition without reaching the beach,” said the parliamentary leader of PNV.
Similarly, two of Sanchez’s other usual allies, such as EH Bildu and PDeCAT, made their presence felt. On the Basque independence side, Mercé Aizpurua assured that the government should be “first and foremost interested” in “cleaning up the sewers of the state”, while Ferran Bel, another legislator of the government in carrying out its legislative activities, is shown to be “absolutely disappointed” by Sanchez’s intervention. , of which he said that “he showed very little sympathy for the 65 citizens who were being spied on”. Neither Mas Pais nor the Compromise nor the BNG have shown reconciliation, despite their usual good agreement with the government, not to mention formations like Younts or the CUP, you are clearly in opposition.
Relations with the government are frozen
Thus, Sanchez’s appearance this Thursday did not reassure most members of the investment bloc, who demonstrated that they continue to consider the steps taken by the government to overcome the Pegasus spy crisis insufficient. All of Sanchez’s allies, including United We Can, demanded a commission of inquiry, which was blocked in Congress in early May by the votes of the PSOE, PP, Vox and Ciudadanos. There were no events at the meeting at which Pere Aragones asked Pedro Sánchez to give him a face-to-face explanation.
Although it remains frozen and without a date, it is possible that this bilateral meeting between the Prime Ministers and the Generalitat may take place later. After the first few weeks of strong resentment following the resignation of CNI director Paz Esteban, the Aragones team toned down their criticism of Moncloa by a few decibels, although it did not make the meeting with Sanchez any easier. because, according to government sources, they wanted to avoid a “no content” meeting and a “pat on the back”.
Tensions between Barcelona and Madrid have eased, but relations are far from thawed. Aragones even showed signs of suggesting that the break in cooperation could even mean that the dialogue table ended abruptly. In the balance of the first year of government, demonstrated by Aragones this week, the main black point was precisely the negotiations with the state, which, according to the president himself, did not move forward, despite the created expectations. Also at the control meeting this Wednesday, Aragones again mentioned this and, in response to the leader of the opposition, Salvador Illa, admitted that the dialogue did not bring results. “And look at the effort I’m making,” lamented Aragones.
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