The president of the Regional Government of Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page, clarified this Monday that if the former president of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, decides to negotiate with the acting head of the Executive, Pedro Sánchez, his people will call him “botifler”.”
A term that, in Catalonia today, is similar to the traitor of the country, but it comes from the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1715) where the Bourbon dynasty ended up being established against the Austrians, a part of which He defended Catalonia and the Crown of Aragon.
What is Puigdemont asking for?
“If I can agree with others, I will do it and I also say it very clearly, without a collaborationist. If tomorrow Puigdemont, let’s say a case, make an agreement, they will call him a collaborationist in his people, well, ‘botifler'”, explained this Spanish politician at an event in Alarcón (Cuenca).
Among other things, Puigdemont demanded the inclusion of “the recognition of Catalonia as a nation” in the political agreement he negotiated with the acting president of the Government, Sánchez. Specifically, he demanded that the Catalan independence movement “stop considering it a threat and stop treating us like terrorists.” For him, anyone who wants Junts’ votes should “end the criminalization” of the secessionist movement.
The opinion of the president of the Junta de Castilla-La Mancha on the negotiations
Faced with this scenario, the president of the Junta de Castilla-La Mancha made it clear that he “knows” what Puigdemont is asking for and that it is “unbearable.” Regarding this negotiation, in which he is not satisfied, García-Page maintains that what ends up being agreed upon “depends on the level of tolerance that the negotiators have.”
The truth is that the agreement between the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) and the Junts, for now, has stalled. The reason is, without a doubt, the need for the recognition of Catalonia as a “country” -mentioned above-, something that is not accepted, at least now, by the socialist side.
Both scenarios exist for Puigdemont
This is how García-Page explained it in a strong and satirical way: “We all know that the difficult part (of the negotiations) is with Puigdemont. My thesis is that I don’t want Spain to wait for a remote control from Waterloo and that in this country they make us all dance in a political sardana.
According to the president of the Community Board of Castilla-La Mancha since 2015, the escaped Puigdemont has two options. First, “you can bet on the stop being a living myth for the strongest independence movement in Catalonia.” Second, “be human and integrate into the political situation in Spain.”
The agreement between PSOE and Sumar, “positive” for García-Page
On the other hand, García-Page spoke about the investiture and legislative agreement reached between the PSOE and Sumar, making sure that he sees it as “positive” and in which he shares areas such as having a “more social, more. sustainable, greener and happier”, but warns: “A Spain”.
When a government is formed through this agreement, – a more pronounced that having a government is not the same as governing – it puts ‘work’ for the future Executive in various things, especially financial region.
“If that is not the case, what is being attacked for not updating the regional financing is the Welfare State, which is what we manage,” he pointed out, concluding that “if new financing is blocked, what is blocked is the Welfare State State, and that affects everyone.”