Reinforcing ERC is the maxim right now in the Palacio de La Moncloa. More, after what happened in the last hours with the partners of Pere Aragonès, who will not participate in the negotiation table this Wednesday in Barcelona. That is why the presence of the president Pedro Sanchez at the appointment, which was not confirmed until Tuesday, responds to a government strategy of “giving importance” to the forum and to the bilateral negotiation with the Government. Although the reality is quite different: save time and not adopt commitments that have an impact on the ballot box.
Although the president’s main idea was not to travel to Barcelona, the pressure from his ERC partners took effect this Monday night. And it was when, by surprise, after confirming Moncloa to various media that he would not be in Barcelona, he himself announced in TVE who would lead the government delegation at the negotiating table. ERC warned her that her refusal to attend could have serious consequences in the stability of your Government.
Sánchez will arrive in Barcelona at noon and will go to the Palau de la Generalitat at lunchtime. There, between two and three in the afternoon, will have a meeting alone with Aragonès. This is the second meeting that he will hold with the Catalan president despite the fact that he was elected only a few months ago, while with other leaders with more seniority in office, such as the Andalusian Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla (PP), has only been cited on one occasion.
After that first contact in the office of the Catalan president, Sánchez y Aragonès greet the representatives of the delegations of the two governments that will participate in the negotiating table. On the part of Moncloa, for the moment, it is assumed that they will be Felix Bolaños coordinating the negotiations, Isabel rodriguez, Miquel Iceta, Rachel Sanchez Jimenez, Yolanda Diaz and Manuel Castells -the only repeater next to the presidents-. With Pere Aragonès, for the moment, the directors will attend Laura Vilagrà and Roger Torrent, which minutes before he will declare as a defendant in the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia.
From the central Executive, its spokesperson, Isabel rodriguez, supports the Catalan president’s coup by vetoing the presence of those pardoned at the table for not being members of the Government and assures that they would not have accepted those pardoned for not having an executive position. The minister defends that “they are working tables between governments”, the thesis defended by separatists to defend internationally that the Spanish Government sits down to negotiate a referendum in Catalonia. Although from Moncloa they rule out talking about it at this week’s meeting.
According to the government official for relations with the communities, “the Government has wanted to redirect the situation of tension that has been tense in the last ten years, even with moments of violence.” Isabel Rodríguez celebrated that today “we are better than yesterday and better than a year ago.” The minister points out that this is “something to be celebrated.”
The Minister of Culture and Sports and first secretary of the PSC, Miquel Iceta, applauded Aragonès’s decision this afternoon in the halls of the Senate. In an informal conversation with the journalists present, the socialist leader has argued that the Catalan president “is the host” for having made the decision to dispense with his partners in tomorrow’s meeting.