After a week of negotiation and after having reached an agreement to elect the members of the RTVE board of directors, the Government and the PP consider the negotiations to renew the General Council of Power as broken or, at least, parked sine die Judicial CGPJ. The vetoes and conditions imposed by the popular ones not to validate any candidate related to United We Can are pointed out from the orbit of Moncloa is the reason for the rupture. Those of Pablo CasadoThey do not hide that the conversations have been broken by the presence of the judge of the National Court Jose Ricardo de Prada as a member for the turn of jurists. It was the gown that brought down the Government of Mariano Rajoy.

For its part, United We can also veto Alejandro Abascal’s PP proposal, according to government sources. On the other hand, in Genoa, they categorically deny that the PSOE has transmitted the veto of the reinforcement judge of the National Court, Alejandro Abascal, at the negotiation table and they assure that if there is a renewal, it will be one of the members proposed by the PP. Popular sources point out that the ball is back on the roof of President Pedro Sánchez, who is the one who must solve the problems and internal problems that the coalition government has if they want us to sit down again to negotiate the CGP. We are not in a hurry, add these sources from Genoa consulted.

The blockade was verified this early morning and only hours after consummating the agreement in RTVE. Although in recent days from both parties it was mentioned that the dialogue was progressing and that a consensus was expected to be sealed this week, the course has turned. The conversations between the secretary-general of the presidency Félix Bolaños and the secretary-general of the PP, Teodoro García Egea, date back to days ago although since last Monday those contacts intensified with daily meetings aimed at carrying out the prompt renewal of the constitutional bodies like the CGPJ or the TC. Both parties confirm that there are obstacles that have prevented reaching a pact, state government sources. And this after even the Minister of Justice on some occasion took the pact for granted. There are important differences that prevent reaching any type of agreement, said PP sources.


Telephone contacts and meetings intensified throughout the day on Thursday, with no progress. Judge José Ricardo de Prada is one of the keys. It was one of the names that appeared on the Moncloa list, which negotiates on behalf of the PSOE and United We Can. The PP has insisted on vetoing any candidate related to Pablo Iglesias’ party. He considers that De Prada is, and does not agree with his appointment as a member of the Judiciary. This is one of the judges in the Gürtel case. From the PP they point out that he has not been chosen by his colleagues within the judicial shift nor has he collected endorsements for it. Therefore, they consider that it is a fraud of the law since what they believe is being attempted is for a judge to enter the Council through the back door, by the lawyers’ turn, without having obtained the guarantees Enough of your peers.

From the first moment of the negotiation, the PP has established as one of its conditions that Podemos neither participate in the negotiation nor have representation and they ensure that they will maintain it until the end. It is an insurmountable red line. At the beginning of the week, the PSOE put on the table two names linked to the formation of Churches: the magistrate José Ricardo de Prada and the judge María Victoria Rosell. Genoa showed its rejection of both. Popular sources explain that then the Government withdrew the name of Rosell but decided to keep until the end the name of the judge who created the harshest sentences of the sentence that brought down the Government. The insistence on De Prada has raised the popularity of the negotiating table.

For its part, Moncloa has objected to this demand that the Government negotiates on behalf of the two partners that make it up, PSOE and United We Can, and that the purple would have representation in the Judiciary like everyone else. In this sense, the purple ones have at least two armchairs another is reserved for the PNV and it remains to be seen if there will be a nod to the Catalan nationalists. Thus, the PSOE and the PP would have ten members each that they would share with Podemos, PNV, and the Catalan quota.


Faced with the vetoes of like-minded candidates of United We Can the purple formation has responded with the same coin, in this case putting the focus on Alejandro Abascal, who was one of the candidates proposed by the popular ones. Intimate of Casado that is behind the Dina assembly has been the description that Jaume Asians, president of the United We Can parliamentary group, has made of him. Popular sources claim that they are not aware of this veto and that Abascal is still on the list of proposed candidates.

The purple ones have also pointed to Maria Tardon, Former councilor of the PP and collaborator of Faes, Asians pointed out alluding to the fact that in 1999 she was elected councilor of the PP in the Madrid City Council under the mandate of José María Álvarez del Manzano and held the positions of third deputy mayor and councilor of Security of the Consistory, returning later to the judicial career. This explicitness of the vetoes by United We Can be framed within the strategy of the dorados, in collusion with the socialists, to make publicly visible that despite the veto imposed by the PP on their presence, they are and are part of the negotiation. The breakdown of the negotiation not only jeopardizes the renewal of the CGPJ, whose mandate has expired for two years but also endangers the Constitutional Court, the Ombudsman, the Court of Accounts, and the Spanish Agency for Data Protection.