Council of Europe adviser backs Spanish amnesty law
POLITICO » Spanish politics
by Giorgio Leali
1d ago
The Venice Commission, a legal advisory body to the Council of Europe, is set to endorse a Spanish amnesty law, according to a draft opinion seen by Spanish media. The legal adviser found that “national unity and social and political reconciliation are legitimate objectives,” and backed in principle the amnesty bill that would guarantee immunity to people prosecuted for their involvement with the pro-Catalan independence movement since 2012. However, the Venice Commission warned against rushing the legislative process and encouraged Spanish authorities and civil society to take the n ..read more
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Move over, independence! In Catalonia, migration takes center stage
POLITICO » Spanish politics
by Guy Hedgecoe
2w ago
RIPOLL, Spain — In Catalonia, the issue of independence from Spain has hogged the political limelight for years. Now the focus is shifting to immigration. The emergence of a new far-right, pro-independence and anti-migrant party, plus the fallout from Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s deal with the pro-independence Junts per Catalunya party in order to stay in power, have resulted in a hardening of language of migration which mirrors that seen elsewhere across the bloc. In January, Junts announced that it had won concessions from the Spanish government that would give the region control of its “m ..read more
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Spain to France: Our tomatoes are better than yours
POLITICO » Spanish politics
by Aitor Hernández-Morales
1M ago
BRUSSELS — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says France’s tomatoes just can’t ketchup to his country’s produce. During the past week French politicians, under pressure from striking farmers, have expressed solidarity with protesters who claim their Spanish counterparts enjoy an unfair advantage because they are subject to less demanding environmental standards and can therefore produce fruit and vegetables at a lower cost.  On Sunday, French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal appeared to support this argument during a visit to a farm in Indre-et-Loire, telling a farmer that it was ..read more
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Catalan leader chides separatists after Pedro Sánchez’s amnesty bill is blocked
POLITICO » Spanish politics
by Aitor Hernández-Morales, Sejla Ahmatovic
1M ago
BRUSSELS — The president of Spain’s Catalonia region, Pere Aragonès, describes himself as an optimist. Perhaps that’s why he didn’t seem overly troubled by the Spanish parliament’s failure to pass a landmark bill Tuesday granting a blanket amnesty to everyone involved in the Catalan independence movement — though he did gently scold the separatist lawmakers who pumped the brakes on the controversial legislation. The amnesty bill was blocked by members of the pro-independence Junts party, whose votes are crucial for Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s socialist-led government to pass legislation in ..read more
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Spain’s far-right Vox leader probed over ‘hang’ Pedro Sánchez diatribe
POLITICO » Spanish politics
by Sergey Goryashko
1M ago
Santiago Abascal, the leader of Spain’s far-right Vox party, is under investigation following incendiary remarks he made about Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. During an interview with the Argentine newspaper Clarín on December 10, Abascal suggested a time might come when people would want to “hang [Sánchez] by the feet.”  The Spanish prosecutor’s office, as reported Friday by Spanish outlet El País and confirmed by elDiario.es, will determine whether Abascal’s statements constitute crimes of slander, libel, hate and discrimination, or serious threats to the government. Social ..read more
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Sánchez avoids triple parliamentary defeat but Catalan ally refuses to back him
POLITICO » Spanish politics
by Guy Hedgecoe
1M ago
MADRID — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez narrowly avoided a humiliating parliamentary defeat on Wednesday, although the refusal of one of his Catalan nationalist allies to support him cast doubt on the stability of the country’s new government. Sánchez, whose Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) formed a governing coalition with the leftist Sumar in November, was seeking to push through Congress a number of measures contained in three separate laws that had already been introduced via decree in December.  The legislation, which required parliamentary approval to remain in effect, included ..read more
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A Pedro Sánchez dummy was beaten up at New Year. Spain’s Socialists are livid
POLITICO » Spanish politics
by Claudia Chiappa
2M ago
Spain’s ruling Socialist Party (PSOE) has filed a complaint after an effigy of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez was battered during a New Year’s Eve demonstration in Madrid. The Socialists asked the prosecutor’s office to identify the perpetrators, saying the doll’s “lynching” could constitute “incitement to hatred” against Sánchez, Spanish media reported Friday. Sánchez has faced months of outrage after he secured a new term in the top job by offering an amnesty deal to Catalan separatists in exchange for their political support for his government. The right-wing opposition, many i ..read more
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Gibraltar airport key to Spain-Britain deal, says Spanish foreign minister 
POLITICO » Spanish politics
by Ashleigh Furlong
2M ago
Joint use of Gibraltar’s airport has to be included in any agreement between Spain and Britain over the future of the territory, Spain’s foreign minister said. In an interview published Sunday in El País, Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares made clear that the airport wouldn’t be left out of the deal, asking “what sense would it make to leave out an element as beneficial to the population as the airport?”  The negotiations over the future of Gibraltar have dragged on post-Brexit, with a temporary agreement in place for the British Overseas Territory that sees Spain allow workers and tour ..read more
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Tucker Carlson, Trump’s shadow diplomat
POLITICO » Spanish politics
by Sarah Wheaton
3M ago
BRUSSELS — Donald Trump has mulled naming Tucker Carlson as his vice president if he gets another term as U.S. president. But Carlson, the ex-Fox News journalist and polemicist, looks more like he’s auditioning to be Trump’s top international diplomat. Since his ouster from cable TV, Carlson has been taking his new X show on a world tour, and his interviews with Argentina’s Javier Milei and Hungary’s Viktor Orbán have racked up hundreds of millions of views. Yet Carlson is also engaging in a sort of shadow diplomacy. In early November, he popped up in London to visit Julian Assange at Belmarsh ..read more
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Puigdemont warns he’s willing to topple Spanish PM Sánchez
POLITICO » Spanish politics
by Jakob Hanke Vela
3M ago
The Junts party would be willing to withdraw support from Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s government if “there is not sufficient progress” in negotiations for Catalan independence, its leader Carles Puigdemont said. Speaking to Brussels Playbook on the sidelines of the POLITICO 28 gala dinner on Tuesday night, Puigdemont said his seven Junts MPs, who struck a deal to prop up Sánchez’s government earlier this month in exchange for an amnesty for everyone involved in the failed 2017 Catalan independence referendum, would be open to working with the conservative Popular Party (PP) to ..read more
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