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The Catalan independence movement also has to "look out" for the governability of Spain. That was the statement this Monday by acting Spanish deputy prime minister Carmen Calvo, who urged pro-independence parties to not block the formation of a coalition government in Madrid. She argued that, after November's repeat general election, they need to look for stability for the legislature, and that that will come "with time and agreements" between different political parties. She called for them to show "responsibility" and "maturity". This appears to signal a shift in rhetoric from PSOE, whose leaders had previously said they didn't want to depend on independence supporters.

From Córdoba, Calvo said that "we all have to put Spain ahead of our interests", specifying that that includes "pro-independence parties who have seats in the Parliament". She indicated that "they also have to safeguard in the way they consider opportune for a country which, in no way, can have anything other than a government and soon".

The acting deputy PM argued that Spain needs "four years of stability" to face up to the challenges it has to come, and that they will try to achieve this "with time and with agreements and thinking of Spain's interests ahead of anything else". She warned that it won't be understood should "the legitimate expectations of the public when they vote that there should be a government continue to be frustrated".

ERC's thirteen members of Congress are the cornerstone for the Sánchez-Iglesias coalition government. PSOE has got some support from smaller parties as the days go by, but still lack the Catalan party, essential given PP and Ciudadanos have counted themselves out.