The recent debate on the amnesty law in Spain has sparked a discussion among politicians about its implications for the country’s relationship with the European Union. Junts MEP Toni Comín believes that the amnesty law will help Spain return to the EU, while fellow MEP Javi López (PSC) argues that it is Catalonia that returns to Europe with the law.
The debate took place on the eve of the European Parliament elections on June 9, with six Catalan MEPs from various political parties participating. Comín emphasized that the amnesty law is crucial for Spain’s return to the EU, as the country had been left outside the democratic rules of the game due to repression and authoritarian drift. He also stressed that Spanish judges must apply the law, as failure to do so would indicate a lack of respect for the rule of law and could result in Spain’s exclusion from the EU.
On the other hand, Javi López sees the law as a means to return Catalonia to Europe and achieve full normalization in Spain. He believes that the law will allow for a democratic debate and turn the page on past conflicts. Diana Riba (ERC) highlighted the importance of processing the law correctly to ensure its approval, noting that amnesty laws are common in Europe, with over 50 such laws approved since World War II.
However, José Manuel García Margallo (PP) expressed doubts about the law’s application, citing concerns about its compatibility with the EU’s principles and the potential violation of the rule of law. Similarly, Jordi Cañas (Cs) and Jorge Buxadé (Vox) questioned the law’s validity and its adherence to constitutional and EU treaties.
The debate also touched on other legislative issues, with former councilor Comín emphasizing the political success of the CJEU ruling that allowed certain individuals to become MEPs. Meanwhile, Júlia Miralles (Comuns) praised the EU’s progress in addressing the ecological transition through the European Green Pact but expressed concerns about the Migration Pact and the EU’s response to the war in Gaza.
Overall, the debate highlighted the complex and multifaceted nature of the amnesty law and its potential impact on Spain’s relationship with the EU. It also underscored the differing perspectives and concerns of various political parties regarding the law’s application and implications for the country’s future.
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