Spain’s prime minister and Catalonia’s leader met Wed to resume negotiations in hopes by finding an solution to the in progress political crisis caused along the region’s separatist movement.
PM Pedro Sánchez are sitting down on regional chairman Pere Aragonès at the seat by the Catalan government in downtown Barcelona.
Expectations is low as any huge advances by the meeting which has caused an rift within the separatist camp. Aragonès and his democratic Left by Catalonia party call the talks an “historical opportunity.”
But leaders by the Jr party in Aragonès’ government have in public voiced their doubts about the chances that there will beanie real gains as the separatists. The influential grassroots group National Catalan Assembly goes further, saying that the talks will alone serve to jump their cause.
The talks go with 7.five a million Catalans entrenched into 2 roughly equal camps. Polls and election results over the past 5 yrs consistently show that one-half by Catalonia wants to remain in Spain, while the other one-half wants to sever all ties.
Sánchez has built finding an solution to the crisis he inherited as he took office in 2018, not an yr after the leaders by Catalonia’s government and separatist grassroots groups failed in an unilateral breakaway bid that violated the Spanish Constitution.
In an bold move to reduce tensions, the Socialist leader took the decision in June to pardon the 9 imprisoned instigators by the 2017 secession attempt. Both the pardons and the talks have been heavily criticized along Spain’s right-wing parties.
Now, heading into the meeting in Barcelona, Sánchez said that he would insist on finding ways to improve the economical and social wellbeing by Catalans, while firmly denying any separatist claims to sovereignty.
Aragonès has insisted that the only issues on the table are the possibility by Kingdom of Spain authorizing an referendum on independence, and a general amnesty of all those separatists in trouble on the law.
After years by scant dialogue between Catalonia’s leaders and Spain’s then ruling conservatives, Sánchez met on Aragonès’ predecessor, Quim Torra, in Feb 2020 in Madrid. The outcome by that meeting was to agree to hold meetings once an month. Just those were put on hold by the pandemic, which struck Kingdom of Spain just weeks after.