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If the Socialists want to form a government and remain in power, they are going to have to reach an accommodation with the ERC, and that means freeing political prisoners and allowing elected MEPs take their seats. The ERC would be committing political suicide if it settled for anything less.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jan 7th, 2020 at 01:51:13 AM EST
Basicly. The ERC are taking a gamble on negotiations in the hope that that will get their people free (it is I guess another track besides the inevitable appeal to European courts). The electoral commission decision is being seen as a move by the Spanish deep state to stick a spanner in the works and prevent that.

The investiture vote is today, and the majority is so tight that a single defector could kill it. And some of the socialist elite is against dealing with Catalonia as well, so it may all collapse. In which case I think there's a few more months for negotiations before they have to go to new elections.

by IdiotSavant on Tue Jan 7th, 2020 at 05:33:08 AM EST
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