Moncloa talks with ERC to shield the negotiating table against Puigdemont

Carles Puigdemont arrest on Thursday night startled at government. Not by the fact itself, but for the moment, unexpected, in full operation dialogue with the

Moncloa talks with ERC to shield the negotiating table against Puigdemont

Carles Puigdemont arrest on Thursday night startled at government. Not by the fact itself, but for the moment, unexpected, in full operation dialogue with the Generalitat and in the anteroom of the negotiation of the budgets. In recent hours, "fluid and sincere" communication between the Moncloa and the Generalitat has been active, open today. The phone rings, point. There were contacts between both parties in an attempt to coordinate a strategy that blinders the dialogue table that was restarted last week. A joint work that is evidenced in the messages that transmit: Government and ERC defend dialogue as the only possible way to solve the "Catalan conflict".

«Dialogue is, if it is, more necessary today; And it will be in the future. The message is committed and vindication of the dialogue between different administrations, "said Pedro Sánchez from La Palma. "We maintain our commitment to the will to negotiate, but we are obliged to denounce that these are not the appropriate circumstances to transmit a negotiation that is effective," said Oriol Junquerras, ERC leader in the Sixth. "We can always find us obstacles but we have to conjure us to overcome them," said President Catalan Pere Aragonès since the Palau de la Generalitat.

The preparation of the dialogue table has consolidated the relationship and interlocution between the Government and Generalitat. Between PSOE and ERC. The Moncloa already had a good interlocution with Aragonès, but in recent weeks it has been strengthened. The teams of Pedro Sánchez and the president of Catalonia have a permanent channel that was activated after knowing the detention of Puigdemont, with contacts during the last hours.

The objective is to try to isolate the dialogue table and the negotiation of public accounts - the executive needs the nationalists to approve them - of the irruption of Puigdemont. Same as ERC disconnected the dialogue table for budgets, they ask that now do the same with former President Catalan Prófugo. Hence, from a first moment in the government qualify what happened with Puigdemont as a "personal situation" and that acting for a particular case would not be understood by the rest of the citizens.

In the government there is the conviction that ERC is determined to keep the dialogue alive, that Aragonès is doing everything possible. But the problem is Junts. And the CUP. And the ANC. That is, independence contrary to dialogue. Know if ERC can hold the pressure. Resist as the executive asks. In the Moncloa they put in value the blow at the table given by President Catalan by excluding Junts from the negotiating table. But they know that they now expect days of secessionist exaltation, "starting this Saturday in Sardinia, where the Government has traveled to accompany Puigdemont. Messages, gestures, demonstrations ... Your desire is that everything is there, but it is to be seen if ERC remains firm or the pressure overflows its position.

It seems possible that now, more if possible, the government can make some concession before the requirements of ERC in budgetary negotiation so that it exhibits it as a political achievement before the rest of the independence, trying to slow down the pressure. In the Palestra, among other issues, the Government requirement that the new audiovisual law sets a minimum production fee in co-official languages to platforms such as Netflix, HBO or Amazon. The executive so far did not foresee it.

The coordinated work in the last hours has also concerned the coalition. United We can, who has always maintained a more belligerent position regarding judicial action against independence leaders, exhibits a moderate message, following the pattern of the Moncloa. "We are going to respect the judicial decisions that are adopted at every moment. The Government of Spain is focused on abandoning the path of the judicialization, to bet on the dialogue, "said Minister Ione Belarra.

Updated Date: 24 September 2021, 15:39

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