Sánchez will call Urkullu first and Torra will be second in his round



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Quim Torra considers that a phone call is an “empty gesture” that does not solve the problem and asks for a bilateral relationship between the two governments to channel the political conflict in Catalonia.


Pedro Sánchez and Iñigo Urkullu / EFE

The acting president of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, will begin his round of calls to the regional presidents by the lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, and the second will be the Catalan president, Quim Torra, in accordance with the protocol order of the autonomous communities, as he has said himself in statements to journalists upon his arrival at the European Council in Brussels.

Sánchez has clarified that the calls will begin next week and that his intention is to meet first with the president of the PP, Pablo Casado, and the spokesperson for Ciudadanos, Inés Arrimadas and that he will make them according to “traditional order based on the age of the Statutes (of autonomy), as has always been done “.

Thus, asked if he was not going to have the ‘gesture’ of calling Quim Torra the first, as claimed by the Generalitat, he replied: “I will call him the second, after the Lehendakari of the Basque Country, I do not think there are problems.”

Sánchez has insisted on the importance of “everyone” feels “concerned” in the need to form a Government as soon as possible.

“The Government of Spain is essential to start it now, we have to get out of this impasse of being in office,” said the president, who in particular has underlined the importance it has for the communities, “also for Catalonia”, who said Executive is constituted.

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He wants to talk to them to convey that “urgency”, because as he has said there are issues such as regional financing, health, commuter trains, infrastructures and other “essential day-to-day issues also for Catalans” that must be dealt with with a “fully functioning” government.

Pedro Sánchez has divided the political formations of the opposition between those who want to facilitate the formation of the Government and those who bet on the blockade.

He has valued that there are various formations willing to form a government, some of a regionalist nature and others nationalist such as Esquerra or the PNV.

On the other side, there are those of the “no” and, after admitting that “I expected that from the extreme right”, alluding to Vox, he has regretted the refusal of a political formation such as the PP, which “is giving lessons in constitutionalism and says that it is a state party. “

Torra considers that it is an insufficient step

For his part, the president of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, considers it insufficient for the acting Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, to call him in a round of contacts with 17 regional presidents because, in his opinion, what is necessary is institutional respect, bilaterality , recognition of political subjects and a proposal to “give way to self-determination and the end of repression.”

“The problem is not a call”, Presidency sources point out to Europa Press, after Sánchez did not respond to Torra’s call on several occasions since last October, and despite the fact that the Government has insisted on the need for both presidents to have a conversation.

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According to the aforementioned sources, it is necessary for everyone to be “at the height of the political moment and face the conflict with courage and courage, and not with empty and sterile gestures.”


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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