Republican Left of Catalonia
Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (Republican Left of Catalonia) is the oldest Catalan political party.
During the Second Spanish Republic (1931-1939), Esquerra was the most voted political party and leads the Government of Catalonia. But the dramatic period of exile, repression, resistance and clandestinity underwent during almost four decades of Franco's dictatorship, consign Esquerra to a secondary role.
Since the democracy was restored in the Spanish State (1977), Esquerra has been recovering its political power and social niche. Today Esquerra has hundreds of representatives at all levels: local, Catalan, Spanish and European.
Currently, Esquerra is again a decisive organization and is one of the members of the Catalan Government.