Saturday, September 18

Eva Granados, Iceta’s right hand and scourge of the procés, Sánchez’s chosen for the Senate

The trajectory of Eva Granados has run in parallel to that of Miquel Iceta during the last five years and now, when it seemed that finally each one would continue their political career in a city, destiny has led them again, by different paths, to Madrid and to national politics. The PSOE thinks of the Catalan as a spokesperson for her group in the Senate, which would require the Parliament to appoint her as a regional senator. An operation that, to top it all, the socialists already tried with Iceta two years ago, although in the case of the now minister the independentistas blocked it.

Granados was born in Barcelona in 1975 but it is one of the policies that identifies with the fertile socialist quarry of Baix Llobregat. In her municipality, Pallejà, she began to be a member of the UGT, a union of which she was national secretary between 2002 and 2010. It was just after that stage when, in the midst of the crisis of Catalan socialism after the two tripartites, Granados entered the Parliament as a deputy and his rise as a new value was so meteoric that only two years later he was already part of the Party Executive, then under the command of Pere Navarro.

Her moment came in 2015, when Iceta chose her as number two to promote the transformation that the veteran socialist wanted for the PSC. From then on, the one from Pallejà became the party’s spokesperson in Parliament and one of the most forceful voices of the socialists against the procés. During the most critical moments of the independence movement, she was the one who most frequently signed and explained the parliamentary initiatives and the judicial appeals against the decisions of the parliamentary majority. Also one of the most forceful voices within the hemicycle of opposition to the Government that then led Carles Puigdemont and Oriol Junqueras.

As a result of those battles, Granados has always had a reputation for tough politics, although she has also been in charge of negotiating with the rest of the political groups and moving behind the scenes with discretion and effectiveness. Perhaps that is why he was a good nemesis for Iceta, who also has a reputation as a good negotiator but whom everyone considers softer and more formal in his ways.

The last Congress of the PSC, held in 2019, reaffirmed the Iceta-Granados tandem, giving them the last vote of confidence to finish rebuilding the party that they had taken out of the crisis and had left ready to opt to be the most voted in Catalonia. It was also at that conclave when, due to Granados’ personal commitment, the Socialists approved an amendment that opened up the Catalan melon and opted to “make linguistic immersion more flexible”. A subject that until then was taboo among socialism but that, after the gale of the procés, a part of the bases saw with good eyes.

The ‘Illa operation’ meant a change from Iceta but Granados still maintained his natural position as number two on the list for Barcelona. After the elections, she was proposed as the PSC candidate for the presidency of the Parliament, although due to the voting she had to settle for a second vice-presidency. For her part, Illa began to mold her team, placing Congresswoman Alicia Romero as her right hand. The Catalan socialists will now hold a new Congress in which they must elect a new Executive and say goodbye to Iceta. If the maneuver to place Granados in the Senate ends up going well, the two socialist veterans of the Procés battle will once again see their paths crossing in Madrid.

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