He failure of the first coalition between PP and Citizens in the Basque Country – out of nine seats won by the popular ones in 2016, they remained in five – the melon has opened this alliance has a future for upcoming electoral appointments. After Pablo Casado’s insistence to go together to the generals with the Spain Suma brand (which the oranges strongly rejected), at the beginning of the year Inés Arrimadas proposed a joint list for the three regional elections in which the risk of nationalism “made necessary” a single constitutionalist candidacy.In Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo he refused — aware that the orange mark was not necessary for him revalidate its fourth absolute majority– and in Euskadi it went ahead with the known result this Sunday. The third case is Catalonia, whose electoral call could come in the autumn, and which now raises important doubts in view of the Basque experience.
In the national leadership of the PP they assure that it is not time to address the issue because there is still no scheduled date, and insist that “Each case will be analyzed” individually when you touch. They insist on defending that the coalition in Euskadi made sense to unite the constitutionalists, despite the fact that thanks to the Citizens pact it has for now a deputy for Álava (It could be two if the sixth deputy is confirmed with the count of the external vote) and for the first time he will sit in the Autonomous Parliament. The PP, in practice, goes from nine representatives to four.
The leader of Citizens in Catalonia, Lorena Roldán, along with that of the PPC, Alejandro Fernández. (EFE)
When the possibility of the pact was launched in the three communities, the orange party counted on the popular ones to take the baton in the Basque Country and they in Catalonia, where they are the first force since 2017, with 36 seats compared to four in the Casado party . Even so, the environment of the Catalan PP he viewed the proposal with suspicion, making it clear that oranges they don’t treasure the same strength than three years ago. They insisted that the last electoral appointments at the national level had left the orange party without focus in Catalonia. In fact, after the debacle in November, the Arrimadas formation only has two deputies for Barcelona in Congress.
The environment of the leader of the popular in Catalonia, Alejandro Fernández, sees even less options for a pact now, after the strategic change of the orange party in Congress and in view of the result in the Basque Country, as they explain to this newspaper. The same sources indicate that the “close up” From Arrimadas to the central government —with agreements that have been in place since the negotiations to extend the state of alarm— “it separates the two projects a lot”.
They believe that the situation has changed in a very short time and that “what previously added, now obviously remains.” In fact, they fear that an approach of the popular to Citizens at the moment could give Vox wings in Catalonia as the most belligerent voice against independence and the Executive of Pedro Sánchez.
Cs signs another failure in Galicia but bursts into the Basque Country with a deputy thanks to the PP
Stephen DoveThe orange party fails to break into the Galician Parliament once again despite having overturned its efforts. In the Basque Country it does enter for the first time with a seat for Álava
Months ago, when Ciudadanos launched the offer, the popular Catalans had doubts about it. They did share the idea of a constitutional list, but they did not see favorably that the leader Lorena Roldán, the orange candidate who won the primaries of her party and spokesperson for the first group in the Parliament. They considered that at the head of the project a profile of greater political baggage should be placed, capable of articulating a new non-independence majority. But the new scenario, they admit, has raised more doubts about the agreement itself.
Cs voices alerting of more coalitions
As for the orange dome, for its part, it has not changed its mind. They are convinced that the only alternative in Catalonia necessarily goes through a common project among all constitutionalists that emulates the same campaign that led Arrimadas to Win the election. Spontaneously, it brought together all those who did not want a new victory for independence (hence the debacle of the PP and the stagnation of the PSC). In fact, the executive on Monday, meeting after the Galician and Basque elections, concluded that the rise of nationalism is more worrying than ever.
For this reason, the spokeswoman, Melisa Rodríguez, once again insisted that her party “will work and put on the table the necessary tools so that no constitutional vote is rejected,” assuming that the offer in Catalonia is still there.
Citizens is now open to a list with the PP in Catalonia for the “exceptional situation”
Stephen DoveThe Arrimadas party is clear that it will lead the flag of constitutionalism, but it also knows that it must offer a novel and solid alternative
Yes there are voices in the party that after the results in Galicia and the Basque Country have raised the alarm. The Vice President of Castilla y León, Francisco Igea, did not hesitate to share some reflections such as the proof that in the autonomous communities “you cannot impose candidates or ignore the militancy.” “Some strategies disassociate the territories from the national parties and promote the creation of provincial and nationalist parties. Politics is the art of the possible, impossible strategies are not politics ”, said the leader, questioning the position followed by his party in the Basque Country.
Militancy in Catalonia has traditionally leaned towards the center left (Ciudadanos was born in that community precisely because of the disenchantment with the PSC and its approach to independence) and some public officials have openly questioned the possibility of an agreement with the PP.
Not only that. Igea endorsed a message from former orange leader Toni Roldán, in which he stated that “the strategy of making who you are not does not work in politics”, while warning that “rancid extremism, also right-wing extremism, is fought but not he copies it. ” The former deputy added that if the liberals “want to get somewhere”, they must have “their own, coherent and identifiable speech”, making it clear that in their opinion the party to which they belonged did not do so in Euskadi, attending the elections with the PP and giving up part of his ideology.