Three Bundestag commissions will study a motion by Die Linke (The Left) on Catalonia


The motion on Catalonia that a month ago drafted the party Die Linke (The Left) in the German Bundestag has been activated today with a joint procedure in the Foreign Affairs Committee, in Human Rights and in the European Union Affairs . The three commissions must agree in the coming weeks on a joint recommendation that would be sent to the plenary session of the German parliament. In case the motion exceeds the procedure in commissions, the motion would be debated and voted by the plenary session, in any case after the summer.

The balance of power in the German parliament predicts a failure of the initiative and guarantees both respect for the Spanish Constitution and the rejection of the presence of international observers in any negotiation process, but that guarantee comes from the permanence of Angela Merkel as German chancellor and at the head of the grand coalition with the Social Democrats, a permanence that, after four terms, is coming to an end. The position of its successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbuaer, is unknown at the moment. Just yesterday, she canceled a conference at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, at which she was expected to make her first major program speech on the EU.

The motion presented by Die Linke requests that the German government initiate works to participate actively by "negotiated solution" to the conflict of Catalonia with the Spanish State, and intervene in this regard before the Council of Ministers of the European Council, to take initiatives in favor from a "peaceful and democratic exit" to litigation.

The motion states that the "democratic solution" to the Catalan question should be negotiated "by mutual agreement between the two parties and in accordance with international law." Finally, he points out that the German Government will have to avoid any participation in the "political persecution" of the Catalan political representatives.

17 deputies
The parliamentary initiative, which is entitled Preserve democracy and the rule of law in the Catalan conflict, is signed by 17 deputies of Die Linke, a merger of communist politicians who recycled to democracy after the reunification of the two Germanies and a split of the Social Democratic Party that left the SPD as a protest for the reforms undertaken by Chancellor Gerhard Schröder at the beginning of the century in the so-called "Agenda 2010". Some of them have attended an act of Junts per Catalunya-Lliures, with Carles Puigdemont, and consellers Toni Comín and Clara Ponsatí.

The text contains an exposition of motives that sets the antecedents to the camera on the prose trial according to the Catalan version and that reminds that the Schleswig-Holstein Court "ruled in its ruling on the extradition of Carles Puigdemont to Spain that the accusations of rebellion and insurrection were not admissible ». It also indicates that political prisoners have been in preventive detention for a long time, without being judged or even less condemned. (tagsToTranslate) germany (t) cataluna


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