Xavier Trias’ victory confirms that we are at a political moment in Catalonia in which it is not enough to win an election; It is also essential to have the capacity to establish pacts with other parties. If, after the results of the 2019 municipal elections, the dilemma consisted of deciding on a Barcelona led by the independence movement, ERC, or by the left, BComú, PSC and BCN pel Canvi-Cs (Manuel Valls), now it is a question of defining broad agreements capable of substantiating the Barcelona of yes.
The Barcelona of yes is the political and social space defended by Xavier Trias, Jaume Collboni, Ernest Maragall and Daniel Sirera. The Barcelona of the yes has 30 councilors and they are the ones that best reflect the mandate of the citizens expressed at the polls: leaving behind the city model promoted by Barcelona en Comú.
The elections to the Barcelona City Council, as Ada Colau explained very well, revolved around confronting models and the citizens, with their votes, have rewarded the model of Xavier Trias. What the citizens have decided is that Junts must agree and the PSC, the second party with the most councilors and votes, has the possibility and responsibility of trying to govern, but also the responsibility of reaching political agreements with those parties that allow the development of a new project for Barcelona without ties to the past.
Trias’ victory represents the beginning of a new political cycle for Barcelona; The BComú model, which has come in third position, must give way to a city project focused on making economic development compatible with the fight against inequalities. One could reach the conclusion that Barcelona can only be governed if a great pact for the city is articulated, where political parties and civil society strengthen the leadership of the new mayor.
The people of Barcelona hope that the change, the mandate that they have expressed at the polls, will be respected and materialized with a new city government. Trias guarantees it and Collboni must contribute to opening a new stage in Barcelona in which he is a decisive piece to promote the Barcelona of yes.
Source: Portada by www.lavanguardia.com.
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