The ‘dialogue table’ that Pedro Sánchez intends to maintain with the Catalan independentists is solving some unknowns. The president revealed last night in the interview granted to TVE that will be held tomorrow and that he will lead the government delegation, but little is known about the agenda or the issues that will be debated. An opacity that corresponds to the custom of this Government and the Generalitat of Catalonia. In reality, the ‘table’ is being held right now, with exchanges of messages incognito and behind the back of the Spaniards, and the staging that is done for the photo, probably at the end of this week, will be just that, an artificial theater of the that we won’t get too much useful information. Beyond the independence rhetoric that the only point on the agenda that interests them is the recognition of the right to self-determination and to negotiate a consultation that allows the secession of Catalonia, all Spaniards have the right to know how far Pedro is willing to give. Sánchez and what will offer to agree under the cord. And, above all, if Sánchez has initiated a strategy to gradually uncheck ERC, or if everything is a crude appearance to simulate tensions because in the long run, without Esquerra, the legislature of this Government is compromised.
Right now, Pere Aragonés and Sánchez need each other more than ever. The first, because Junts and the CUP, on whom the power alliance in Catalonia depends, are pressing ERC harshly and causing severe wear and tear. What happened in the Diada last Saturday, with cries of ‘traitor’ against Oriol Junqueras, is revealing of that atmosphere of internal fracture in which separatism is unfolding right now. And the second, Sánchez, because he is at a critical moment in the legislature, with a new government that has just opened that is not compensating for the wear and tear that the previous one assumed, and with very little room for maneuver to favor the independentists after having spent ammunition of pardons. And above all, because, faithful to that chameleonic style that has been manufactured based on lies, nobody knows if Sánchez has begun to distance himself from separatism to acquire another more institutional and ‘Spanishist’ profile, and thus combat the bleeding of votes that all the polls are forecasting him. Except for the CIS, of course.
If something is going to help Sánchez a little, it is the absurd reflection that his Minister of Culture and Sports, Miquel Iceta, had yesterday. Defenestrated from the PSC, and with a portfolio with little political weight in the Government, Iceta yesterday equated Catalonia with Vietnam, something unprecedented even for a former first secretary of the PSC. It is inconceivable that he would say that “the peace talks after the Vietnam War dragged on for a long time to determine what the table was going to be like.” Neither Catalonia has experienced a war, nor are these ‘peace talks’. It is a negotiation with which Sánchez wants to buy power, even at the cost of privileging the most delusional nationalism, questioning the Constitution by creating the alibi for what is his true obsession: starring in a second Transition towards a federal Spain. If separatism is broken into a thousand pieces, if the Diada has revealed its tiredness and discouragement, and if the ‘procés’ has only generated a poorer Catalonia, Sánchez should ask himself if it is time to rebuild everything that has done so much damage to Spain in the last two decades or if, on the contrary, which would be logical, it is time to smash separatism.