On January 8, Teresa Rodríguez, leader of Adelante Andalucía, sat at the same table as Martina Velarde and Toni Valero, coordinators of Podemos and IU in Andalucía, respectively. Esperanza Gómez, co-spokesperson for Andaluces Levantaos, was also present.
This meeting, regardless of whether or not it has borne tangible fruit (which at this time has not produced them and it remains to be seen if it does), represents at least a civilized advance in relations that exploded traumatically when Adelante Andalucía imploded and The project that came together with the 2018 elections was broken in November 2020 with the expulsion of Rodríguez and his related deputies from the parliamentary group that they shared with United We Can.
Before that rupture, there had been the march of Íñigo Errejón de Podemos and the launch of Más País, which caused the then senator of Adelante Andalucía, the current co-spokesperson of Levantaos, Esperanza Gómez, to leave Podemos and stand for election. general of the autumn of 2019 by More Country. The hastily crafted candidacy ran in only four provinces and did not win any seats, but it did garner tens of thousands of votes.
However, after the elections in Madrid, where, even at a great distance from Isabel Díaz Ayuso’s PP, they surpassed the PSOE and lead the opposition, and their alliance with Andalusian forces implanted at the municipal level, it cannot be taken out of the equation Get up.
Thus, from what was presented together almost four years ago, today there is a left-wing force (Unidas Podemos, in which IU and Podemos share a group, Government and project) and two Andalusians (Adelante Andalucía and Levantaos), who, despite great difficulties, explore the possibility of an agreement.
The meeting between leaders took place at the request of the so-called mediators, Sebastián Martín Recio, from Mareas Blancas for health, and Francisco Sierra, professor of Communication Theory, who worked in silence to make it happen. They don’t think to stop. “The meetings will continue. We are tireless, multi-resistant,” Recio said on Tuesday.
Some important keys follow as a guide so as not to get lost in the negotiations of the Andalusian left.
Paradigm shift, the UP offer
So that in Andalusia, in the midst of the trauma, this meeting could take place on January 8, a paradigm shift occurred before: the call by Vice President Yolanda Díaz to join forces in a social project, of the country, capable of transforming it.
After Díaz’s idea began to roll, in the vicinity of the past 4D, an emblematic date for Andalusia, United We Can launched its broad front offer in the Community with the idea of stopping among all what all the polls offer: a Government of PP in a government or parliamentary alliance with Vox. Go ahead and Stand up agreed to sit down and talk, despite mistrust.
Recio and Sierra stated that their mediation work and their commitment to unity was “in line” with Diaz’s proposal. “Yes, we have contact with the team that she has, but not with her. This is not the time for Yolanda to get involved. We are not from Yolanda’s team, there is harmony, [pero] Yolanda is not on this assignment.”
Sources close to the vice president indicated to Público that “everything that unites the progressive, Andalusian, green, left-wing forces in Andalusia is positive.” “We have always said that Andalusia has to speak first and we are following it closely.”
Electoral accounts and abstention
The commitment to a single candidacy in the next Andalusian candidates is based on a premise: that the division penalizes the left-wing vote for the remainder. Up to seven more deputies are at stake, according to the calculations offered by Martín Recio this Monday: “There are those who believe that by going separately they get more out of it than by going together. Demoscopically it has been shown that this is not the case. We have commissioned a demoscopic study where it is clearly demonstrated. It is not an expression of the common heritage, it is a study that we have and that the groups have. Seven more seats than we have now is the possible scenario.”
As Recio stated, in effect, there are Andalusian voices that are committed to the creation of a candidacy that recovers, in part, what the Andalusian Party was –in the sense of an organization of Andalusian sovereignty– and who consider that, like three Right-wing parties achieved the majority in 2018, more left-wing parties can manage to get the half million Andalusians who stayed at home in the last regional elections out of abstention and, with this, allowed a Government of PP and Citizens. “The 500,000 people who stayed at home have to return so that Andalusia takes a different course than it is taking,” said Martin Recio on Tuesday.
Esperanza Gómez, co-spokesperson for Levantaos, in conversation with Público. She reflects: “We are willing to continue dialoguing. We can talk to both Teresa Rodríguez and United We Can. But the concerns of Andalusians must be above any centralist interest: Andalusia has to be at the center.”
And he adds: “The problem that Andalusia has is not one of unity, but rather a lack of mobilization due to the absence of an exciting project. We are concerned that this idea of the unity of the left ends up causing polarization in society, that we end up talking about fascists and anti-fascists and let’s not talk about things like eating, and that if the campaign is polarized in that sense, it ends up harming the whole of the progressive forces”.
The En Comú Podem model and the Compromís model
“We are presenting synthesis proposals. Logically there should be a brand. The En Comú Podem model is perfectly applicable so that the group has its own voice in Congress. This is a proposal that depends on the other forces. The candidate : we would have to search and reach an agreement. But we cannot enter there, they have to do it by consensus. The first step is the will to agree on the programmatic process in a unitary manner”, affirmed Recio.
The En Comú Podem model is what Rodríguez proposed before the 2019 general elections, but it was rejected by the Podemos leadership. Today, sources from Adelante Andalucía consider it over: “Now we are no longer satisfied with less than one Compromís.” For Get Up, Mónica Oltra’s party is also their reference, the model towards which they want to go.
the parliamentary group
The expulsion of the parliamentary group, the trauma, is one of the issues to be resolved. According to sources from Adelante Andalucía, “it is the elephant in the room”. The idea that they handle in Adelante is that UP restores to their post the deputies who are not assigned today and, prior to an agreement, among which is Teresa Rodríguez herself.
In short, the unity of the left in Andalusia is today, even after the meeting on December 8, something still under construction and that seems difficult. There is distrust and today, unlike in 2018, when the atmosphere was different, a determined will emerges to occupy the Andalusian space 100%.