All against all at the dialogue table

The Catalan Government did not miss the opportunity to stage, once again, the deep gap that distances ERC and Junts per Catalunya. The last row broke out on the eve of the dialogue table, which takes place today between the central and regional governments, to which the Junts wanted to bring two pardoned representatives (Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Turull), to the deputy Miriam Noguera and the vice president Jordi Puigneró.

Pere Aragonès He reminded them that the proposal is unacceptable, that the talks are between governments and that Sànchez and Turull are not only not part of theirs, but are also disqualified. But Junts, amid fuss and veto accusations, stood up to the weariness of the president, which announced that the formation of Carles Puigdemont will not be present.

So if we argued in June that the convening of the table was a serious starting error, meditated as it is by ERC to address amnesty and self-determination, the nonsense projected in Barcelona does not exactly arm us with reasons to think otherwise. After all, what are they going to negotiate at the table, if there is not even a consensus between the two forces of the Government?

What guarantee can be offered to citizens that the agreements that are reached do not expire instantly? What value will the pacts that leave the table have, in short, if they are behind Junts’s back, thrown into the mountains and clinging to the no for answer?

Competing interests

It is also clear that there are not two negotiating parties at the dialogue table, but four. Although the discrepancies between Junts and ERC are expressed with uproar and in the light of the spotlights, it is difficult to ignore that neither PSOE and United Podemos are moved by the same objectives or the same convictions.

The PSOE will defend its government agreements. United We Can, its model of a confederal republic. Junts intends to blow up any bridge with Moncloa. And Esquerra wants to stretch the gum of the procés while playing two bands.

It is obvious, then, that each party is going to defend its interests and none that of the Spanish. And the question, then, arises effortlessly: if they don’t even go to one within each Government, What are they trying to solve, specifically? Your affairs, the country’s or nobody’s?

Table without guarantees

The chaos of El Prat, which commits a decisive investment of 1,700 million euros for Catalonia, demonstrates the disorientation of the Government and its difficult relationship with the gestures of Moncloa. If the government gives them what they want, it is a blackmail. If the Government gives in to the requests, they are insufficient. This reality became notorious, in the case of Junts, regarding the table.

First refused to meet if Pedro Sanchez he was absent and, once the president confirmed his attendance, he found a way to publicly torpedo the meeting. Who knows if spurred on by the conviction that the failure of the table will ultimately be a victory for the party.

So nothing seems to indicate that the harmony invoked by Moncloa is just around the corner. And yet, everything invites us to think that ERC and PSOE are closer than ever. Sánchez, who has already warned that he is in no hurry to solve a crisis that is celebrating a decade in the short term, is buying time. And time, with the current perspective, seems the best ally of Salvador Illa, winner of the last Catalan elections, who is waiting for the independence alliance to pay the price of wear and tear.

In this screen of the game, a nonsensical dialogue table arrives and clearly useless to start draft agreements. A table that reveals, at the same time, that electoral interest prevails over the pressing economic and coexistence problems of a Catalonia suffocated by nationalism.

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