Federal Mission reflects on the federalist response to the Catalan independence process. It tells in the first person the division of Catalan society and the emergence of the Federalist Association of Left. It explains Catalan separatism as a confluence of the old practices of Pujolism with the new national-populist movements. And it proposes a solution agreed in Catalonia in the context of progress towards a federal democracy.
Last Thursday, June 27, a new act of debate took place around the book “Federal Mission”, written by Francesc Trillas. In this case, it took place at the Casa de Cultura de Girona.
In addition to the author, the historian Jordi Canal and the governor of the Girona City Council and member of Federalistes d’Esquerres, Silvia Paneque, participated in the event.
The Girona councilor said that she had felt very identified with the first-person narration made in the book, about how the events of the autumn of 2017 were perceived by a large part of the population, and said that one of the great debates of Looking ahead, it was like getting many people who have felt disconnected from the institutions because of the appropriation made by the independentists, now regaining their confidence in them.
Jordi Canal praised the connection that the book makes between independentism and pujolism, although he said he had missed some critical reference to the years of the left-wing tripartite, which had not served to erode the pujolist legacy.
Francesc Trillas highlighted the importance of doing federalist acts in Girona, a place according to him where federalists such as Silvia Paneque and Josep Quintanas come true, the advice that the Canadian Stephane Dion gave a few years ago to Federalistes d’Esquerres, of defend federalism “with elegance,” as explained in “Federal Mission.”
In the debate with the existing public, one of the issues on which it was discussed was the importance of continuing more than ever working hard to build a powerful federalist movement that addresses nationalism, especially when it shows its more totalitarian face, such as It was evidenced by the facts of the constitution of town halls in towns such as Santa Coloma de Farners, Sabadell, Vilanova i la Geltrú or Barcelona, where unfortunate scenes of harassment and intimidation were lived, implicitly and even explicitly supported by leading independent leaders such as the President of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, or the ERC candidate for the Barcelona City Hall, Ernest Maragall.
The event was videotaped and will be available soon on the Federalistes d’Esquerres YouTube channel.
In the coming weeks and months the acts of presentation of “Federal Mission” will continue, which are being revealed as a useful tool for debate and updating of the federalist ideal.
Acts are already announced in Mataró (July 3) and Madrid (September 19).
Those who still do not have a copy of the book, can purchase it in any of these acts, or even faster by buying it online at the website of the Bubok publishing house, in this link: