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WorldAdd in Euskadi: an electoral and politically necessary project

Add in Euskadi: an electoral and politically necessary project

The Basque parliament in Vitoria, Basque Country.

The coalition of Sumar Mugimendua, Ezker Anitza and Equo Berdeak combines plurality and diversity, a solid track record rooted in the territory and a clear commitment to change to transform Euskadi

In history and in politics – of progressive tradition – there are electric moments, moments of contestation, moments of uproar. revolutionary that achieve great transformations, but even so – we have all experienced it at some point – they remain un little frustrating for not meeting all the expectations placed. There are also moments of less passion, less outburst, moments when just the possibility of experimenting sounds too risky and the temptation to cradle oneself in what is already known becomes irresistible. These moments, however, are sometimes very conducive to achieving changes, the kind that some call little ones, of reformers, but far from it They are the key that opens the door to desired and desirable presents and futures.are those who build horizons to conquer.

In Euskadi, despite our singularities, we are aware that the current moments are strongly marked by a conservative hangover, which, like maritime undertows, drags us towards unbreathable abysses. The results of last July 23 and the constitution of a coalition government were a rescue plan, shared with the rest of the State, so as not to drown in fear and hopelessness.

At the same time, thanks to our singularities, we are also aware that ours is a society that knows how to swim and that is beginning to be exhausted from just floating in stagnant waters. Our society wants and needs changes. And not only electoral, but also political and profound social transformation.

It is evident that in Euskadi we are witnessing an exhaustion of the PNV and PSE government formula (standing, although sometimes it does not seem like it due to the interested invisibility of the socialists, since 2016). Basque society has been showing signs for some time that it wants change. And he wants it because he can’t take it anymore the wear and tear of public services that were our pride, with the decline, lack of resources and worsening care in Osakidetza, as the most heartfelt example. He can no longer continue giving up vital and family projects that become impossible in the face of the increasingly pressing increase in housing prices in Bilbo, Donostia or Vitoria-Gasteiz, but also in towns like Errenteria and Santurtzi. And he can no longer continue looking away from the vital need to adapt to the climate crisis and to promote green reindustrialization and socially and ecologically sustainable urban, transportation, agricultural and livestock models.

This political change requires fresh air and new ways of doing things. It takes listening, dialogue, agreement and a politics of everyday life. A Basque political force is needed that faces these challenges from a federal and plurinational perspective.

In Euskadi, negotiations began months ago to build a broad and unitary candidacy that would lead in the medium term to this project of Basque obedience. As a result of this process, there are three political forces that have reached an agreement. three forcesSumar, Berdeak-Equo and Ezker Anitza, with roots, track record and experience – organizational and political, with presence in the Basque Parliament, city councils and General Meetings. Three forces that provide diversity and plurality, accents and views, styles, people and differentiated historical paths, but with the desire to work together for shared presents and futures.

This coalition is led by a young woman, Alba Garcia, which represents the generational renewal of the political space. A candidate who shares the experiences, concerns and desires of thousands of people like her, a working woman in a patriarchal society. A young woman, but with a long-term commitment to improving living conditions.

It is absolutely understandable and legitimate to want to take refuge in what is known, in what gives us security, in unity as the only possible tool of salvation. Many people cling to it sincerely convinced of its virtue, of its absolute necessity. They do it from the heart. Now, unity – a means – cannot become an end, a shell, that prevents us from seeing and starting from reality, from the facts: 1) the unilateral break with the plurinational group in Congress shortly after beginning the legislature; 2) the lack of respect and interference from Madrid to break an agreement in Galicia – editorial request through the vote for a third party, the BNG-; 3) and finally, a series of purely tactical announcements, for the gallery, after the poor results obtained in the Galician elections, impossible to comply with due to the lack of political and legal autonomy.

Unity is a social, political and cultural process which is achieved with shared work, with new ideas and bets on the future. Unity is achieved with good will, from a disposition of abandon distrust and misgivings to build trust little by little, without tricks or blackmail. Unity cannot only be a lifeline for those who have abandoned the original will to do politics in favor of the majorities.

Another recurring temptation in these times of reactionary ebb is the demand for withdrawal in favor of the pro-independence left settled in the territory. An incitement that curiously is much more widespread outside than within Euskadi, where Basque and progressive people, but not pro-independence, clearly see the crucial differences between both projects.

These differences, which seem to be invisible to Madrid opinion-makers, are primarily due to the commitment to plurinationality and federalism: Euskadi can and must continue to advance in self-government while cooperating with the rest of the State. Adding Euskadi is a guarantee of this thanks to its presence in the progressive coalition government and its alliances with other political forces.

Furthermore, the people who make up Sumar have always shown a clear commitment to human rights and have raised their voices against all human rights violations, wherever they come from.

But it is not only about the national issue or the position regarding violence, there are also material, everyday differences that go through wanting real change or trusting everything to reaching agreements with those who have governed for forty years. In this sense, it is key the real defense of public schools in the face of the commitment shared between the PNV and EH Bildu for the private and the concerted and the segregation that this entails. So is the climate issue and the ecological transition. An example of this is the recent law on this issue approved by the two nationalist forces, which not only does not address the structural causes of the climate crisis, but also leaves energy production in the hands of multinationals instead of betting on public generation. and community. And, of course, we must not forget the language shared between the candidates of both parties about public-private alliances – a euphemism for privatization. All signs of the will, made explicit by Pello Otxandiano, to govern with the heirs of Sabino Arana, a “progressive party” in his own words. His proposal is, therefore, only a change of ballots, but not of policies.

There are those of us who are convinced that These elections are the beginning of a political change, still to be built. Those of us who believe that we must assume the responsibility of representing a political space and social sectors that without Adding Euskadi would be orphaned. But, to do this, we need to leave behind fetishisms, the temptation of doomsaying siren songs and self-fulfilling prophecies, the patrimonialization of political spaces and the readings of Basque politics in a Madrid key. We are in another political cycle, less euphoric, more of construction, less epic and more everyday, but that does not mean we can retreat to the territory of nostalgia, of what could have been and was not. Just as we cannot abandon the responsibility of building a political project whose main flag is not words, but actions to improve people’s lives.

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