“The relationship between ERC and the Junts is hellish”, diagnoses a minister who this Wednesday will sit at the negotiating table with the independence delegation. “And that generates instability and fragility of the Catalan government.”
It is not an analysis that uncovers anything that is not known. But if it is illustrative of previous sensations carried in their portfolios by the six members of the Council of Ministers who will sit in front of the (it is not yet known how many) councilors of the Government.
At the time of closing this chronicle, Moncloa still wanted trust that Pere Aragonès would be able to fix the mess that his partner, the party of Carles Puigdemont. And he was assured that Madrid is not “closed to any debate.” That is as much as saying without saying, and warning without threatening, not to start with the referendum, because that way “there is no reunion,” as the minister spokesperson said three weeks ago in Moncloa.
And it is that this Tuesday was more than ever the political formation of the fled former identity and less than ever a thing that responds to the name that baptizes it. Junts per Catalunya? Together, really? For Catalonia, really?
The way that the ex-convergent party boycotted the resumption on Tuesday The so-called Dialogue, Negotiation and Pact Table responds, in essence, to its own strategy. They never believed in the possibility of reaching “agreements with the State Government.” They succeeded in making the Government’s own agreement with Esquerra reflect their “skepticism” and applauded Aragonès’s commitment to the CUP that he would submit to a question of confidence in the middle of the legislature, to gauge the progress of the talks.
But the real term for Puigdemont was not those two years, but the summons of the table. After the background, let’s go over the latest facts:
On August 2, Jordi Puigneró (JxCat) reached an agreement with the Minister of Transport, Rachel Sanchez, for the expansion of the El Prat airport. It did so by agreeing to affect a natural area that ERC had promised to protect. And he provoked what he wanted, to show his party as interested in the future and development of the autonomous community (“of the country”) and to catch Aragonès.
What happened? That ERC suffered an internal seizure, that he president could not get on the agreement, that the party spokesperson announced that the Republicans would demonstrate against the project of their own Government, and that the Government – in view of the carajal – announced that it was withdrawing the money.
That is to say? Victimism independentist, one more time.
On September 6, the fugitive Puigdemont publicly expressed his absolute mistrust in holding talks with the Government of Pedro Sanchez. He called on his people to prepare for “the inevitable confrontation with the State” and to gather forces “for the phase in which the State’s response is once again a ‘no’ to everything and keep up the repression and the threat over thousands of citizens of Catalonia “.
What happened? That the public positions of JxCat arrived at the “working days” convened by the leader in effervescent Brussels, which Jordi Sànchez he described Pedro Sánchez as “a ruler without a word”, and that he called Pere Aragonès to suspend all the previous negotiations at the table. “If you do not get the commitment that the president of Spain will be present, we do not appoint a delegation.”
That is to say? Independence blackmail, again.
Last Monday, President Sánchez -finally- confirmed his attendance “to preside over the delegation of ministers of the Government of Spain” in Barcelona this Wednesday. Immediately, the leaders of the Junts activated the plan previously drawn up -and already suggested months ago, as reported by this newspaper, when ERC wanted Junqueras as well- and proposed to Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Turull -two prisoners by the 1-O pardoned by Sánchez- already Miriam Nogueras, deputy in Madrid.
What happened? Than Pere Aragonés interrupted the meeting of the Governing Council, stood before his partners and accused them of “disloyalty by breaking the agreement.” Because ERC and JxCat had mutually confirmed that they would only be counselors those appointed to the table. Just as the Government of Spain has only ministers.
That is to say? Boycott of dialogue, one-sidedness, as always.
“We still trust that Aragonès will solve it, we are sure that it will,” sources from Moncloa assure this newspaper. “We have done our job, we have a very clear proposal, we know where we are going and we don’t want to lose this historic opportunity to rebuild emotional ties between Catalans and with the rest of Spain “.
The sources closest to President Sánchez do not confirm that the latest movement announced – that the chief executive will only meet with Aragonès and that he will then limit himself to greeting the two delegations – has to do with the Junts play. But they don’t deny it either. Of course, they ask Aragonès for gestures, and audacity so that the table does not die before starting.
“It will not be a dialogue of the deaf,” they say, despite the fact that the Government only wants to talk about the two issues that the Government vetoes: self-determination and amnesty. “What happens is that, as in any negotiation, you always start with what we can most easily agree on.”