The vice president of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, has called for an investigation into the links between the Catalan independence movement and the Kremlin. He believes that there is growing Russian interference in European democracy and that it is important for the European Parliament to look into this matter.
During a debate in the European Parliament, Schinas mentioned the ties of Catalan secessionism with Russian officials. He pointed to the case of the former president of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, and his entourage’s alleged links with former Russian diplomats in 2017. The Greek commissioner also mentioned the case of Latvian MEP, Tatjana Zdanoka, who has been accused of collaborating with the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia.
The debate in Strasbourg has also seen Spanish MEPs discussing the alleged ties of Catalan separatism with Russia. Some have criticized the Government of Pedro Sánchez for allegedly wanting to grant amnesty to those involved in possible crimes related to Moscow’s interference in Europe.
Representatives from different political parties have expressed their concerns about the situation. Ciudadanos has called for European socialists to support the resolution on Russian interference and not to allow themselves to be pressured by socialist MEPs. Meanwhile, the PP spokesperson has criticized Sánchez’s Executive for promoting amnesty and allowing the independence movement to slander the judges.
The European Parliament will vote on a resolution that points out the “extreme concern” about the relations between Catalan secessionism and the Kremlin. The resolution also calls for the competent authorities in Spain to continue, intensify, and quickly conclude investigations into Russian interference linked to Catalonia.
The liberals in the European Parliament, which includes Ciudadanos, have also emphasized the seriousness of the links between Russia and Catalan secessionist parties. They have called for Puigdemont’s ties with the Kremlin to be brought to the Advisory Council of the European Parliament’s code of conduct and for Spain to effectively investigate the connections between MEPs and Moscow.
In conclusion, the debate in the European Parliament has highlighted concerns about Russian interference in European democracy, particularly in relation to the Catalan independence movement. The resolution that will be voted on aims to address these concerns and calls for thorough investigations into the matter. It remains to be seen how the European Parliament will respond to these issues.
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