Catalan politics is obsessed by what may be the sentence to the accused in the independence process, which, let’s face it, will not be absolutory.
In the first interview with European media after its confirmation, on Tuesday, to preside over the European Commission, the German Christian Democrat Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen said answering a question about the seats of Puigdemont, Junqueras and Comín in the European Parliament that is not a political issue or feelings but a legal issue.
To this we add that the now newly elected president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, made a statement in October of 2017 in favor of the rule of law and against the attitude of the Catalan independence movement – frontally opposed to the Spanish Constitution – and we can add, too , which has maintained its position emphasizing the importance of preserving the unity of the states that currently make up the European Union.
As if this were not enough, in addition and as is known, the General Court of the European Union denied the precautionary measures requested by the former President of the Generalitat Carles Puigdemont to be able to be in the opening session of the European Parliament.
These positions clearly show us that Europe is not going to support the claims of the Catalan independence movement to call into question the ruling that will be issued by the Supreme Court in the cause of the procés.
For this reason I think we should begin to abandon the idea of a tumultuous reaction against the sentence that the Supreme Court can dictate against the politicians now in provisional prison in these next months.
Turn Catalan politics around the sentence that, as expected, will not be absolving, is irresponsible. The Catalan government should be concerned with many issues ranging from the approval of the budget to the position that Catalonia deserves regarding the investiture of the socialist government of Sanchez before the danger of continuing in an interim stage that I do not think it serves for anything else that is not to show the personal and partisan contests, which seem to weigh more than the dispassionate analysis of what is convenient for the seven and a half million Catalans.
We live in a problematic world with many issues that will affect the Catalan economy, ranging from the Brexit to the trade protectionism promoted by Trump through the slowdown in the global economy and the technological, political and strategic problems that connote our future and social issues that Von der Leyen has pledged to promote from the European Commission such as the minimum wage or European unemployment insurance.
Turning Catalan policy around a judicial ruling that will not be absolution is irresponsible
As much empathy as we can have with the imprisoned politicians and that we want the best for their sentence, we should avoid polarizing ourselves in this matter.