The government of General Pedro Sánchez, the head of government, demanded “courage” and “take a step” in the negotiations that the PSOE must conduct with pro-independence parties if it wants to support them for a new position, as confirmed by the government’s spokesperson, Patricia Playa. He stressed in the press conference in which he spoke about the agreements of the Catalan executive authority in its weekly meeting on Tuesday that “inaction will not lead him to Moncloa.”
Balaja began his speech with an assessment of the results of the general elections on Sunday, in which he attributed the loss of votes for pro-independence groups, especially the Equity and Reconciliation Commission, to an external issue. The government spokesman asserted that “the great polarization of Spanish law has harmed the independence movement”, noting, however, that “we must think and find reasons” for this “decline in the vote for independence”, an issue that has been referred to the parties.
The government attributes the electoral downfall of the independence movement to “great polarization with a Spanish key”.
Plaga preferred to stress that “independence is key” to the inauguration in the new Spanish legislature. He noted, “If Pedro Sanchez wants to invest again, he needs to be brave, take a step and listen to the claims of ERC and Junts.” “Those who want an unrelated independence movement find that Catalonia and the independence movement have the key and the power to install, and those who want an agreement are obliged to listen and negotiate. He stressed that without respect for Catalonia and its voice, there would be no government.
Balaja endorses the dialogue table between the governments “that have obtained amnesty and the end of strife.”
The government spokeswoman also categorically ruled out that the ERC’s poor results in the general elections, in which it lost 400,000 votes and won seven of the thirteen seats it had in the last legislature, would have consequences for the continuity of the executive power of Per Aragon. Catalonia needs stability. The government does not have a majority but it has tangible results, two consecutive budgets have been approved and the macroeconomic data is very good. There will be no electoral progress. Plaga stressed that the Catalan policy is not conditioned by the policy of the Spanish government.
In this context, the spokeswoman also endorsed the strategy of the Generalitat government to negotiate with the government of Spain and highlighted the “very important advances” at the intergovernmental dialogue table, among which she referred to the amnesty of O-1 leaders and the abolition of the crime of sedition. “There is still a long way to go, but the results of the elections have once again given the supporters of independence the strength to continue moving forward in this direction,” he said.
Blaga also called for the unity of the independents and emphasized that the results of 23-J are a sign of the strength of this unit.
In response to a question about the request of the Public Prosecutor’s Office to activate the European memorandum against the former head of the Generalitat Carles Puigdemont, Blaga indicated that “it is clear that it is the first movement after the elections and it is his method of influencing the negotiations for the inauguration” and the transfer of “all the support” of the government to Puigdemont.