Poblet’s movement is working to go to next elections with the name of Catalan Nationalist Party, waiting to reach an agreement with Units per Avançar
A dream that has dragged on since the transition, and which has now come true, albeit with an uncertain future. The ex-convergents who left the PDeCAT and who formed the Poblet’s movement have acquired the rights of the Catalan Nationalist Party, a name that has been registered since 1978 in the Ministry of the Interior, when CDC, Unió Democràtica and ERC militants appreciated presenting themselves before of the 1979 elections. The idea now of former leaders such as Marta Pascal, Carles Campuzano or Jordi Xuclà is to adopt the role of the PNV (Basque Nationalist Party), a nationalism that can collaborate with the Spanish governments and build bridges with other formations to govern in Catalonia.
The decision has already been made. In recent weeks, contacts have multiplied after everything was frozen by the Covid-19 crisis. The will is to appear in the Catalan elections, with a perhaps different name, because they are waiting to reach an agreement with Units per Avançar, the party of the former Democratic Union led by Ramon Espadaler.
About 200,000 votes at stake
The will of the two formations is to approximate positions, although a pact has not yet been reached, while other groups or movements, such as Portes Obertes del Catalanisme are expected to join. The objective is clear: to look for a gap in the pro-independence movement, of all those who consider that the process begun in recent years has not lead anywhere.
If that were to happen, with some 200,000 votes in the air, the independence movement could lose the absolute majority in the Parliament, giving rise to another completely different situation, with opportunities for the PNC, along with the PSC, or other parties that decided to abandon maximalisms.
Agreements plus other claims?
The will of the Poblet movement to become a political party was latent from the first moment. Marta Pascal had pointed this out in her last public interventions and in the presentation of a book about her experience in the pro-independence process as general coordinator of the PDeCAT.
That moderate nationalism, which seeks to regain the role of the old Convergence, but with a socio-economic program adapted to the new times –thanks to the efforts of different professionals from all fields who have drawn up economic plans through El País de Demà. It comes into competition, however, with other attempts seeking a similar goal, such as Lliures or Lliga Catalanista. The intensity in the coming weeks will be enormous to know who and how is presented in the regional elections, which could be called after the summer.