15 February 2022
The president believes it is necessary to “integrate nations within the European Union” in order to be “stronger”.
Pedro Sánchez maintains that any demand for independence is from the past, and in fact believes it is something from the 19th or 20th century. This is what he said this afternoon in the Senate, in response to a question from Bildu. But in retrospect, these statements also respond to the demands made by Pere Aragonès at the conference at the MNAC.
Sánchez’s argument is that a referendum is useless because, in his opinion, it only divides with binary questions, and identity is much more complex. On the contrary, he believes that it is necessary to “integrate all nations within the European Union” in order to be “stronger”.
“I believe, and I say this with all due respect, that independence is a political theory that represents the 19th or 20th century,” the Spanish president said.
Sánchez argues that his government has been able to turn relations with Catalonia around, because it has moved from permanent conflict to stable dialogue. Proof of this, he says, will be the bilateral meeting between the Generalitat and the State next Friday, where several agreements are expected to be reached. And he repeats that Catalonia is now much better off than it was five years ago.