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When Jordi Pujol ordered to hide the ‘stars’ that the young people of the Convergence youths wore at the rallies, his partner was the Unió Democràtica de Duran i Lleida, a member of the European People’s Party and candidate for natural partner of the Spanish PP. Those were the times of the so-called ‘Catalan oasis’ and perhaps for this reason the secret conversations, which took place and in Sitges, did not come to fruition. The plan is to create a PP franchise in Catalonia, inspired by a Bavarian CSU or Navarre UPN; a party with a firm commitment of moderate Catalanism to the unity of Spain and Europe –without prejudice of differential features–; a ‘mélange’ that should lead the PP to be relevant in Catalonia and therefore bring it closer to national governance. As a square of the circle, the radicalization of Convergence, the polarization in the whole of Spain, and brought the country closer to centrality would have been stopped. It didn’t go well; the notion of “independence” was normalized and UDC became extinct.

I have been able to explain myself on ABC and tell why “I got out of the car” and stopped being a delegate of the Generalitat in Austria. I have been publishing for some time in Spanish and international media my disgust with the independence drift, a ‘modus vivendi’ that defends an idea that does not represent the majority, to which no one knows how to get there, nor does it intend to do so; a constant toast to the sun while Catalonia is impoverished and approaches economic irrelevance, as denounced by the Círculo de Economía. Speaking with Josep Cuní, Pere Aragonès highlighted ERC’s agreements with the CUP. The key to governance is held by one of the most radical formations on the Spanish political scene. As an example, the handover to the anti-capitalists of the presidency of the parliamentary commission in charge of reviewing the Catalan police model, marked by lukewarmness in the face of the increase in violence. In addition, nefarious symbolic gestures such as the presence of prominent independence leaders in a demonstration in favor of ETA prisoners, ignoring the pain that the murderous gang sowed for decades, also in Catalonia, with high points in their barbarism such as Vic and Hipercor.

Javier Caraballo spoke of “the (non) presence of the State in Catalonia”, of the rejection of the presence of the King – as Head of State -, of the interest in “laminating every sign, every symbol of the State in Catalonia.” However, if Barcelona was the capital of modernism –and Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia its most universal symbol–, it was because the State approved the Ensanche de Cerdà, against the wishes of the people of old in Barcelona. If the greatest period of progress and freedom in history was crowned by the Olympic Games – the city and the country lived off it for decades – it was because the state understood the benefits for the whole and embraced that idea enthusiastically. And then there is Barça! Certainly, what is disruptive is talking about Spain in Catalonia today. They forget that the best thing we have done, we did together. Let us continue working to normalize that idea of ​​Spain, called to contribute to returning progress and freedom to one of its engines, Catalonia, an essential part of the whole, now weakened by its own excesses. We will win in prosperity, stability, and it is also good to say, we will live more calm.

Adam Casals

Expert in geostrategy and advisor in international relations

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