The President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, has launched this Tuesday in Barcelona an unpublished proposal, a «alliance» Catalan-Valencian for “reinvent Spain», In a meeting with the acting president of the Autonomous Executive of Catalonia, Pere Aragonés.
He has also suggested to his Catalan counterpart that they abandon the “blockade” that the independence process has entailed and “return to all the boards where the future is played” with that tandem together with the Valencian Community.
On a visit to the Catalan capital, where this Tuesday he meets with the Catalan vice-president with the functions of president, Pere Aragonès, Puig has inaugurated the debate cycle with the title “Spain in the geopolitical context of the post-pandemic”, organized by the Economy Circle in Barcelona.
A conference in which he has exhibited the «via valenciana“As a successful political and economic model and in which it has proposed to lead, together with Catalonia, a” Mediterranean Commonwealth to move towards a “Catalan Spain” and a “Spain of Spains”.
The socialist leader has summarized this Valencian route as the “agreement”, because “it is time for bridges, not trenches”: “While other territories have made chaos, confrontation and fracture their irresponsible response to the coronavirus, in the Valencian society has reigned serenity, stability and trust ».
It is for this reason that it has reached out to Catalonia and proposed “to weave alliances”, as both communities have historically done “for centuries”, but now giving “a new impetus in the 21st century”, because “living with one’s back is stupid.
«Let’s assume a premise: that no one can defend their interests in Europe individually, not Catalonia, not the Valencian Community, not Madrid, even if their elites think otherwise. Valencians and Catalans share interests and challenges in Spain and Europe, in a global economy ”, he pointed out.
Because, he warned, the “Catalan blockade” of the independence process has meant the “practical disappearance of institutional relations” between both communities, something that hers “lives with emotional pain,” also “for having lost a fundamental ally for years at the request of a new system from financing»Or the Mediterranean corridor.
«We Valencians need a Strong Catalonia and the Catalans need a more visible Valencian country. But the first thing that is urgent, from the utmost respect, is that Catalonia returns to all the boards where the future is played, ”he pointed out.
Puig has expressed that the Valencian “trellat” needs the Catalan “seny” – in reference to both expressions that mean “sanity” and “common sense – and has stressed that this alliance can be the way to” reinvent Spain “, through a “deep territorial reform, towards a Spain of the Spains ».
A Spain that needs five major changes, including ending the “centralist drift” and “fiscal exception” of the Community of Madrid, with respect to what he has described as “unfair, unfair and insulting” that the Madrid president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, “presumes” of the “fiscal dumping” of her community.
He has also urged to stop the «demographic hemorrhage“Of interior Spain, a wound that” cannot heal with maps or hymns “; abandon the “uniform” gaze of the country and attend to the diversity of “invisible” Spain, giving prominence to the peripheries; or to bet on a “cooperative and equitable” Spain that solves inequalities and redistributes resources and power.
And finally, he has claimed a «Catalan Spain“, That” recomposes affections with Catalonia “in the name of” reconciliation and the general interest “, to overcome” the blockade “.
“Spain has to make a big step, but Catalonia also has a responsibility after years of unilateral drift and going nowhere. He must leave the alley and stop looking at himself in a deformed mirror that reflects an image that few recognize, “he explained.
And has alerted the independence: «Maximalisms lead to maxifracasos and these generate maxifractures. You cannot turn your back on half the population, be that as it may.
Although he acknowledged that the Catalan election campaign next February “is not solid ground on which to build,” he recalled that the current one is a “key” moment, since “in the coming months the future of a decade is at stake and perhaps of the next generations ”, with the European funds on the horizon.
But “after years of collapse”, he admitted that it is “encouraging to hear words such as cooperation, co-governance and Mediterranean cooperation” and, waiting for a Constitutional reform, has advocated for a «practical federalism“Well,” it is time for bridge engineers and not for demolition technicians.
In this sense, he underlined the importance of the “positive” experience of the presidents’ conferences convened during the pandemic, which have served, for example, to “empathize” and for other regional leaders to “see that the president of Catalonia was not a demon, who could coincide with him and nothing happens ».
But he has claimed that these presidential or sectoral conferences should be “regulated” and not only held when the Government decides. “They have to have a periodicity, regulations, agenda and secretariat, as in Germany,” he said.
And he ended by asking politicians for “audacity and courage” to change the political situation and confront the territorial conflict beyond “confrontational identities”, because “it is not about winning a battle against anyone”, but “reinventing Spain.” “Thus we cannot continue and thus we do not go well,” he has sentenced.