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Catalunya en Comú–Podem

Catalonia in Common–We Can
Catalunya en Comú–Podem
AbbreviationCatComú–Podem, CatECP
LeaderAda Colau
SpokespersonJéssica Albiach
Founded13 November 2017 (2017-11-13)
Dissolved28 December 2020 (2020-12-28)
Preceded byCatalunya Sí que es Pot
Succeeded byEn Comú Podem
HeadquartersC/ Or, 44, 3º-2ª
08012, Barcelona
Left-wing populism
Democratic socialism
Political positionLeft-wing
MembersSee list of members

Catalunya en Comú–Podem (English: "Catalonia in Common–We Can", CatComú–Podem),[2] alternatively spelled out as Catalunya–En Comú Podem (English: "Catalonia–In Common We Can", CatECP), was a left-wing and self-governance electoral and parliamentary alliance in Catalonia formed by Catalunya en Comú and Podem ahead of the 2017 Catalan regional election.[3][4] It was the successor of the 2015 Catalunya Sí que es Pot alliance, and its leading candidate was Xavier Domènech.[5]

Ahead of the 2019 Spanish general election, the alliance was maintained recovering the En Comú Podem−Guanyem el Canvi label (English: "In Common We Can−Let's Win Change") which had been used by the previous "En Comú Podem" alliance in the 2016 general election.[6] The label was maintained for Unidas Podemos Cambiar Europa's lists in the four Catalan provinces for the 2019 European Parliament election, where it scored 8.4% of the vote.[7] By the time of the 2021 Catalan regional election, the CatComú–Podem format was fully discarded in favour of the "En Comú Podem" brand.[8]


The foundation congress of the Catalunya en Comú (CatComú) party that was to serve as the permanent umbrella platform for Barcelona en Comú (BComú), Initiative for Catalonia Greens (ICV), United and Alternative Left (EUiA), Equo and Podem had seen the latter ultimately not joining, over regional Podem secretary-general Albano Dante Fachin's concerns on the voting system selected to elect the leadership team and the ideological principles that should govern the new party.[9][10]

Following the events resulting from the 2017 Catalan independence referendum and the enforcement of direct rule over Catalonia, the Parliament of Catalonia was dissolved and a regional election called for 21 December.[11] Internal divisions on the referendum issue had internally shattered Catalunya Sí que es Pot, the confluence which—without BComú—had represented the political space of ICV, EUiA, Podem and Equo in parliament since 2015,[12] and which ahead of the December election had fallen out of favour to a prospective alliance between CatComú and Podem, favoured by the former and Podemos's national leadership.[13][14] This was opposed by Dante Fachin, who had voiced his support for a "common strategy" and engaging in talks with the parties that had backed the 1 October referendum,[15][16] leading to his disavowal by Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias, who overrode the former's powers and called an internal vote to gather the support of party members to the alliance with CatComú.[17][18][19] The result of the vote, with members backing the alliance by a 72–28% margin on a 60% turnout,[20] led to the establishment of "Catalunya en Comú–Podem" with Xavier DomènechEn Comú Podem's spokesperson in the Congress of Deputies—as its leading candidate,[21] while forcing the resignation of Dante Fachin as Podem leader,[22] who subsequently left the party and went on to form the Som Alternativa platform.[23]


Catalonia in Common (CatComú)
We Can (Podemos/Podem)

Electoral performance

Parliament of Catalonia

Parliament of Catalonia
Election Votes % # Seats +/– Leading candidate Status in legislature
2017 326,360 7.46% 5th
8 / 135
3[a] Xavier Domènech Opposition

European Parliament

European Parliament
Election Total Catalonia
Votes % # Seats +/– Votes % #
2019 Within UPCE
1 / 59
1 288,393 8.41% 5th



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  2. ^ "CatECP escoge el símbolo de los 'comuns' como logo de campaña" (in Spanish). Barcelona: Europa Press. 22 November 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  3. ^ Uría, Ibon (7 November 2017). "Podem y Catalunya en Comú registran su coalición para las elecciones del 21D". 20 minutos (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Apoyamos la candidatura de Catalunya en Comú para las elecciones del 21D". partido.equo (in Spanish). Equo. 28 November 2017. Archived from the original on May 28, 2019. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Domènech reivindica su candidatura como la "única que garantiza políticas sociales"" (in Spanish). Barcelona: Europa Press. 19 November 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Catalunya en Comú y Podemos concurrirán juntos a las generales bajo la marca En Comú Podem". Expansión (in Spanish). Servimedia. 16 March 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  7. ^ González, David (26 May 2019). "Puigdemont y Maragall lideran la victoria independentista en Catalunya y Barcelona". El Nacional (in Spanish). Barcelona. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Catalunya en Comú y Podem reeditan el acuerdo para ir juntos a las elecciones del 14F" (in Spanish). Barcelona: Europa Press. 28 December 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  9. ^ Rubio, Cristina (6 March 2017). "La dirección de Podem se desmarca del nuevo partido de Colau". El Mundo (in Spanish). Barcelona. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Fachin rompe con el nuevo partido de Colau antes de su fundación". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona. Agencias. 29 March 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  11. ^ Díez, Anabel; Mateo, Juan José (27 October 2017). "Rajoy destituye a Puigdemont y convoca elecciones en Cataluña el 21 de diciembre". El País (in Spanish). Madrid. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  12. ^ Pi, Jaume (6 September 2017). "Sí que es Pot se parte en pleno debate de la ley del Referéndum". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  13. ^ Mármol, Iolanda (30 October 2017). "Podemos quiere ir con Domènech al 21-D sin Dante Fachin". El Periódico de Catalunya (in Spanish). Madrid. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  14. ^ Mateo, Gerard (5 November 2017). "Catalunya en Comú ofrece una coalición a Podem liderada por Xavier Domènech". Crónica Global (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  15. ^ "Fachin dice que el 21D no son elecciones normales porque hay "gente en la cárcel"". El Periódico de Catalunya (in Spanish). Barcelona. Europa Press. 28 October 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  16. ^ "Fachin carga contra Iglesias ante su destitución en Podem Catalunya" (in Spanish). Catalunya Press. 31 October 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  17. ^ "La dirección de Podemos desautoriza a Albano Dante Fachin y convoca una consulta para concurrir el 21D con los 'comunes'". (in Spanish). 29 October 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  18. ^ B. García, Luis (30 October 2017). "Iglesias se irrita con Fachin y sitúa a los anticapitalistas "políticamente fuera de Podemos"". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  19. ^ "Fachin acusa a Iglesias de actuar como Rajoy con 155 y rechaza intervención". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona. EFE. 31 October 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  20. ^ Pardo Torregrosa, Iñaki (7 November 2017). "Más del 70% de los inscritos de Podem aprueban ir al 21D en confluencia con los comuns". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  21. ^ "CatComú presenta su lista junto a Podem liderada por Domènech". Crónica Global (in Spanish). 11 November 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  22. ^ Raúl, Montilla; Pardo Torregrosa, Iñaki (6 November 2017). "Albano Dante Fachin dimite como secretario general de Podem". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  23. ^ "Fachin constituye la plataforma Som Alternativa tras abandonar Podem". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 12 November 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
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