The month that has elapsed since 14-F and the lifting by the European Parliament of the immunity of MEPs Puigdemont, Ponsatí and Comín on March 9 has made it clear to what extent the supposed success of the Illa operation has remained a peep I want within the face of the cussed actuality that the Catalan independence motion just isn’t a dependable ally. There has not been the slightest try and agree on a supposedly progressive tripartite (contemplating a reactionary nationalist celebration like ERC progressive remains to be one other pious want) within the face of the clear curiosity of the separatist events to proceed taking up the positions, the budgets and the equipment of energy in Catalonia, with or with out independence in sight, that that is starting to not be so important. Or relatively, it’s the excellent excuse to systematically exclude from the Authorities and the perks that it entails all over the place and in Catalonia, in all probability greater than in any a part of Spain, half the inhabitants. Within the intolerant democracy during which Catalonia is turning into visibly political minorities (despite the fact that they’re the vast majority of the inhabitants) don’t depend to the extent that the system of institutional counterweights that should defend them in opposition to excesses of the bulk. Then again, the indignant reactions of the independence motion to the lifting of the immunity of the escaped MEPs (keep in mind that the PSOE within the European Parliament voted in favor of the rebellion whereas its authorities accomplice, Podemos, voted in opposition to) doesn’t bode nicely. for the soundness of the coalition authorities.

The truth is that the pragmatism and sense of state of Esquerra Republicana (so praised by the Authorities in change for its help) has given method to the normal wrestle for the sources of the Generalitat and for the primacy within the independence world, with a upward public sale by way of rhetoric and threats of rupture, not with the constitutional order (which is what the independence program consists of) however with the coalition authorities. Which, by the way in which, was completely predictable for any dispassionate viewer. Thus, the one agreements that appear potential are these reached by the pro-independence events with the help of that discovering, which is the CUP, a celebration whose voters don’t recognize any inconsistency in being, on the identical time, probably the most anti-system and people of upper revenue from the Catalan parliamentary arch. After all when the revolution It’s accomplished by the wealthiest courses in opposition to probably the most deprived, every part is profoundly incoherent. Therefore, the Catalan Authorities finds it so tough to manage road problems or mobilizations in favor of figures like Pablo Hasel when he encourages them himself, at the very least spiritually. You realize, it is the suck and puff factor.

Neither the trail that the PSC advocated with a outstanding voluntarism (or goodness, should you desire) had an extended method to go. The return to a supposed Arcadia earlier than 2017 (erasing this fateful date from the political map) during which Catalanism reigned peacefully in Catalan society and the extremes have been simply that, extremes, it’s merely not potential anymore. Now we all know that the consensus constructed on the silence of the vast majority of Catalans was by no means such. In any case, it has been blown up and the dynamitors have been the nationalists: it doesn’t appear that there’s a lot to rescue from the Catalan oasis, shattered by its personal creators. Non-nationalist residents are nicely conscious that the Authorities doesn’t take them into consideration, in the very best of circumstances, or tries to silence them by way of social and political coercion at worst. All the things is underneath query: from the alleged success of linguistic immersion to the hegemony of the media managed by the Generalitat, by the actions of the Mossos within the recurring episodes of road violence in Barcelona. And for good causes.

On this state of affairs, the trail of dialogue, the magic phrase that entails the invitation to return to the the state of nationalist political dominance however with out surprises and with the approval of the dominated, it appears to me that it has little path, past gesticulation and tacticism. Actually, whereas the independentistas negotiate amongst themselves in Catalonia with out giving any choice to probably the most voted celebration, the PSC, Congress approves by a majority of 187 deputies an ERC movement during which the Authorities is urged to satisfy, instantly, on the bilateral dialogue and negotiation desk with the Authorities that’s constituted to advance “within the decision of the political battle between Catalonia and the Spanish State.” The PSOE has voted in favor, though from the celebration they guarantee that the negotiation will probably be accomplished throughout the Structure and the legal guidelines. Tough to sq. the circle when one celebration needs to barter the constitutional and authorized framework.

ERC’s proposal is identical as at all times: the popularity of the suitable to self-determination and now additionally amnesty for these it considers “political prisoners.” The one novelty is that its calls for are actually supposed to be the results of concessions made at a dialogue desk and little else. The query of a dialogue between two topics (Catalonia and the Spanish State) that aren’t comparable, provided that one is an autonomous group of the opposite or during which the article of the negotiation is the rule of legislation, the Structure and the Its personal nationwide sovereignty (which in the present day and until the Structure is modified resides in the entire of the Spanish individuals) doesn’t appear to alarm the Authorities an excessive amount of. To not point out these whom nobody represents anymore, neither the Generalitat nor the Authorities, and who might really feel forgotten: the non-nationalist residents of Catalonia. In conclusion, within the framework of a democratic rule of legislation, this negotiating desk has a really tough match, since these points can solely be addressed throughout the framework of a constitutional reform for which the negotiators would not have a adequate majority. That the negotiating desk meets to conclude {that a} constitutional reform is important to accommodate the independence claims (assuming that almost all will is to finish nationwide sovereignty and territorial unity, which is loads to suppose) I don’t suppose it’s the concept of its promoters.

To additional muddy the state of affairs, the coalition authorities has two souls in a problem as transcendent because the very existence of a rule of legislation and full democracy in Spain. When Unidos Podemos votes in opposition to (together with the European excessive proper, by the way in which) to elevate the immunity to the escaped pro-independence deputies, we can’t neglect that it’s assuming the speech or the story, should you desire, that Spain just isn’t a democracy comparable with others. European nations and that it doesn’t have a rule of legislation worthy of the title. Which, then again, the nonetheless vice chairman Pablo Iglesias has mentioned publicly, so it’s not a shock both.

With these wickers, advancing within the answer of the Catalan battle doesn’t appear potential. The conflict of identities, achieved by a nationalist effort to make Catalan identification incompatible with Spanish and make every part Spanish an exterior enemy to defeat, with the resultant fracture of Catalan society, just isn’t straightforward to restore. The loneliness of non-nationalist voters as a result of failure of the establishments, beginning with that of the State, which ought to defend them is flagrant. The gradual financial, social and, above all, ethical decline in Catalonia doesn’t appear, in the present day, simply reversible. But when we are able to draw one lesson from this catastrophe, it’s that ignoring that the legal guidelines in Catalonia are non-compulsory (at the very least for nationalist rulers) just isn’t a good suggestion. Wanting the opposite manner when the rule of legislation is violated in an autonomy doesn’t seem to be an excellent concept. The outcomes are in sight. Maybe we may begin by demanding that everybody, rulers and dominated, nationalists and non-nationalists, strictly respect the principles of the sport.

Maybe the one ray of optimism is the one which comes from the European establishments. That the independence motion has not managed to impose its story besides among the many extremely and Eurosceptic deputies, irrespective of what number of they’re, remains to be superb information. On this sense, now we have to grasp and make it understood that what now we have in Catalonia, on a small scale, is identical intolerant democracy mannequin that worries the EU a lot in different Member States reminiscent of Poland and Hungary. That the EU understands that it is usually essential to combat illiberalism on the regional stage appears to me to be a main situation. And forestall this mannequin from being exported to different areas of Spain as nicely. On this process we should use all of the instruments that the rule of legislation makes obtainable to us.

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