Left-wing party wants Catalan president to set up ‘panel for dialogue’
Government approves of the idea, but warns such forum could clash with an initiative by parliament speaker
With all the calls for dialogue since Quim Torra became Catalan president and Pedro Sánchez took over at the head of the Spanish government, the leader of the Catalunya en Comú Podem party (CatECP) has argued for a “panel for dialogue” in Catalonia to try to reach consensus between political parties and social and civic organizations. CatECP leader, Xavier Domènech, explained his idea to Torra during a meeting on Monday, as the Catalan president continues with his round of talks with all of Catalonia’s political parties.
“Dialogue without conditions must be achieved, to be able to talk about anything, but especially with a willingness to reach agreement,” said Domènech, referring to both the upcoming talks between Torra and Sánchez, and negotiations between Catalonia’s political parties. Government spokeswoman, Elsa Artadi, said after the meeting that Torra approves of the idea, but she also warned that the panel could clash with an initiative by the parliament speaker, Roger Torrent, to set up a similar forum for open debate on Catalonia’s situation.
Torra must end “social fracture,” says Cs
The recent onus on talks and dialogue in the political sphere comes in contrast to a growing perception in some quarters that Catalonia is an increasingly divided society. After the Spanish foreign minister and Catalan politician, Josep Borrell, controversially warned on Sunday of imminent “civil confrontation” in Catalonia, the main opposition party, Ciutadans (Cs), on Monday called on Torra to take decisive “steps” to put an end to the “obvious social fracture” in the country that has been “caused by the separatists.”