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Together, five years without pressing the key

Date: August 20, 2022 Time: 05:30:29

Clearly inspired by stories of great tech companies that started in a garage, the founding story of Junts, as told by its protagonists, has a similar mystique. Carles Puigdemont appears in it in November 2017 in a hotel in Brussels, accompanied by only a few believers such as Elsa Artadi, with the intervention of the Generalitat and some important elections in which already the ex-president wants to run. To do this, pull up the phone book and try to recruit familiar faces from civil society, athletes, the entertainment world, and politicians with other acronyms. Formally, the list will be a coalition whose infrastructure will fall under PDeCAT, but the brand will be Junts per Catalunya, restoring the spirit of Junts pel Sí of 2015, but without the ERC world.

On 21 December of that year, the independence movement received the most votes it had ever received, and Puigdemont reversed the polls and made Younts the first independence party to guarantee him the key to Palau. But what happened next was not a success story. The more than eventful presidency of Kim Torra, the break with PDeCAT, the internal conflicts that led to the departure of some of those who started the Junts project, and the poor election result that made it the third Catalan party and removed it from the presidency of the government.

All this happened in five years, during which the project was in constant strategic rethinking, with unstable leadership and in parallel with the space of the National Creeda, which did not work out. A sense of convention that ended after Younts moved from the coalition to the party in 2020 and Jordi Sánchez took over the reins of the general secretariat. The space consolidated but never found the key to electoral success.

The party closes the Sanchez stage this weekend in Argelers. The city in southern France was chosen for its historical symbolism in the Republican retreat and, from a practical standpoint, so that Carles Puigdemont could physically attend the conclave. This Saturday, the former president will take a step back and give up the organic life that has always bored him to focus on his task as an MEP. They will be replaced by a tandem formed by Laura Borras as party president and Jordi Turulle at the general secretariat, two politicians who sought to clash but ended up agreeing on a joint candidacy to avoid launching bases into conflict. the fight is that both could lose. For this reason, a smooth day is expected, ending on July 16 and 17, when they celebrate the second part of their congress at L’Hospitalet.

Aside from the change of leadership, these July days could be much more decisive for the party, because there the bylaw change agreed between Borras and Turulla will be finalized so that the president and general secretary share executive functions. A change that will once again redefine the tools that were provided just two years ago when they wanted Puigdemont to be the visible head, but also Sanchez with full powers to lead the party.

But Borras does not want to be limited to the role of an extra, and he does not agree with Turulle in his vision of the match. Despite her legal troubles due to an alleged division of contracts in favor of a friend, when she ran the Institució de les Lletres Catalanes (ILC), the President of the Parliament still has important influence between the bases. Threatening to provoke a conflict in Congress, Borras forced Turulla to open up and share power with her, despite the fact that the former minister managed to take over most of the apparatus of the party apparatus.

Binomial comes at one of the toughest times for Younts. The first task will be to lead the party in the post-Puchdemont era, a formal departure, according to both himself and his party, but that will not be easy to digest. From the very beginning, Junts has been a personal project of the former president, and since he was born as an electoral list in that room in Brussels’ Husa President Park, he has always been built around him. But apart from that, the current MEP was the only one who was able to take the formation to electoral heaven, first in the Catalan elections of 2017 and then in the European elections, when he was the first force with 28.5% of the vote. .

Nothing like that has been achieved by Borras, an effective electoral contestant but whose critics remind her that she lost to the ERC three times: two in the general election and one in the last regional election. The new team of Borras and Turulla will play this game in the next municipal elections, where they will have to show that they have a greased party to support the historic Convergència feuds, attract some mayors and PDeCAT candidates who still have local traction in medium-sized municipalities and, at the same time, not familiar with the notorious failure in large cities, including Barcelona. In the Catalan capital, Elsa Artadi had just taken a step back, which left the formation without a candidate and launched them into a hasty search. The person chosen by Younts will leave a clear imprint of the new direction.

No less important for Catalan political life will be the opinion of Borras and Turulla regarding the allied policy of Junts. This issue has also been tumultuous and has changed over the past five years in space: first disagreement over the vote of no confidence that brought Pedro Sánchez to Moncloa, with internal reluctance later with a government agreement with the ERC that reformed Father Aragones as president and, now with the sectors who claim to be violating the agreement between the Barcelona Provincial Council and the PSC.

As for the government’s internal life, the wounds with the ERC are far from closed, and Republicans may end up regretting the departure of Sanchez, with whom Aragones had a rapport. But the Junts remain out of the dialogue table due to a conflict with the ERC over its members, and the two formations are often far apart on issues of great importance to the executive branch, from infrastructure to the defense of Catalonia. While Turullu has a reputation as a good negotiator, there is no reason to believe that the change in leadership of Younts will unify the government, especially if this new leadership results in a change of names in the Executive, which the ERC does not rule out today.



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