Mariano Rajoy faced, perhaps, the greatest challenge as president of the Government with the independence challenge in Catalonia. In his book 'A better Spain', the former leader of the Executive puts the focus on the figure of Carles Puigdemont. In the pages he explains that his first meeting took place at the opening of the AVE in Girona, and that the former president of the Generalitat exceeds in his words, criticizing the presence of the Spanish authorities. Something that was not usual being, as it was then, the mayor of Girona. He was subsequently appointed president of the Govern Catalan and at its first meeting -in April 2016-, account Rajoy, which did not take "a minute to confirm what he already sensed: his only intention was to continue with the secessionist process."
In fact, the own Puigdemont got to tell Rajoy: “You are not going to authorize it because, in addition, you cannot”, about the 1-O referendum. The former leader of the PP, in this sense, affects the now escaped book that "never had the will to agree anything."
"The statements of the organizers of the referendum accusing of excessive, if not worse, the State Security Forces and Bodies they were quite simply a part of their same secessionist plan, "he adds Mariano Rajoy.
To address the Catalan issue, Rajoy dates back to the time of the Plan Ibarretxe, which considers the "prime envy of secessionism in democratic Spain", although at the time lehendakari acknowledges that "he fulfilled the formal procedures of legality." With this step, add Rajoy, "the fallacy of the right to decide is installed, which is intended to break national sovereignty."
"The right to decide is the sweetened and angelic way that nationalists have found to hide their true will: to achieve the right to self-determination, which does not admit any democratic state," says the former president in the pages of his book. Thus, regarding the role of Artur Mas remember that CiU "he supported the labor reform", but with him the first frictions regarding independence were born.
"The dialogue that was intended Artur Mas it was just to urge me to define a formula to hold the self-determination consultation, "says the former president of the Government, who also takes advantage of that part to criticize the position of the PSOE in Catalonia: "It's the milkmaid's story."
"If I have to do something like that again, I prefer to go to my house"
Another of the key moments of his time of government it was the "no rescue" of Brussels to Spain in the hardest moments of the crisis. In the book, Mariano Rajoy recognizes that "there was no rescue" but at the same time admits tensions with different actors who bet because there was. Durao Barroso, being president of the European Commission, warned Rajoy that Spain had "lost credibility" in the community institutions.
"I think I knew how to defend the general interest, even if it was almost alone"
“If I have to do something like that again, I prefer to go home,” he said of the 2012 adjustment plan to avoid rescue. Rajoy, in this sense, admit that Spain and Italy vetoed conclusions of European Council because short-term measures were not taken to guarantee the sustainability of the debt immediately. In that plan, the last decision you make is the suspension of the extraordinary payment of Christmas to the officials.
"I think I knew how to defend the general interest, even if it was almost alone," the former president finally acknowledges, aware that not many voices were betting because it was possible to get rid of the rescue.