Catalonia: the moment for politics, the moment for dialogue

Policy Brief


Catalonia is experiencing a time of unprecedented political and social tension, the result of the irresponsibility of two governments that have been making electoral gains for years from a political confrontation without precident in a democracy: a Catalan government, committed to achieving independence, even without the support of a majority of the population and at the risk of placing Catalan institutions outside the law, and a Spanish government that has been unable to recognise the existence of a problem of integration between Catalonia and the rest of Spain, as well as to put forward proposals for dialogue, and has delegated to the justice system and the police a solution that can only arise from politics. 

Cataluña vive momentos de una tensión política y social inusitada, resultado de la irresponsabilidad de dos gobiernos que llevan años obteniendo ganancias electorales de una confrontación política sin precedentes en democracia: un gobierno catalán, empeñado en conseguir la independencia, aún sin tener el apoyo que una mayoría de la población y a riesgo de situar las instituciones catalanas fuera de la ley, y un gobierno español que ha sido incapaz de reconocer la existencia de un problema de encaje entre Cataluña y el resto de España, así como de plantear propuestas para el diálogo, y que ha delegado en la justicia y en la policía una solución que únicamente puede venir de la política. 

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