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Catalonia is back at starting point: separatists win a slim majority

Friday, December 22nd 2017 - 10:16 UTC
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Catalonia's separatists look set to regain power in the wealthy Spanish region after local elections on Thursday, deepening the nation's political crisis in a sharp rebuke to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and European Union leaders who backed him. With nearly all votes counted, separatist parties won a slim majority in Catalan parliament, a result that promises to prolong political tensions which have damaged Spain's economy and prompted a business exodus from the region. Read full article


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  • EscoSesDoidao

    'Slim majority' ?. Just like the Brexit leave vote then. Well done Catalans, and well done democracy.

    Dec 22nd, 2017 - 11:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    PM Rajoy- Gibraltar “this is the such territory in Europe and that affects to our own territorial integrity”, said the Mr Rajoy, saying that Britain had “ignored the mandate” of the Assembly General of the UN. (Daily Telegraph, 26 September 2013)

    As with its claim to Gibraltar, the Spanish say that Catalonia's independence aspirations could undermine its territorial integrity. Gibraltar – Territorial Integrity (1 pg): resumen,
    But it didn't stop Kosovo from becoming independent.

    Dec 22nd, 2017 - 02:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pirat-Hunter

    Que viva la dependencia catalán. Viva la democracia.

    Dec 23rd, 2017 - 05:04 am - Link - Report abuse -1
  • imoyaro

    Looks like the K shill supports the continuing dependency on Spain. Figures...

    Dec 23rd, 2017 - 05:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    There can be no doubt that Catalonia deserves independence if that's what it wants. There can also be no doubt that Rajoy operates a dictatorship with a semi-democratic facade.

    Perhaps Puigdemont should adopt a two-prong approach. In Catalonia he might find the funds to arm all Catalans for their own protection against the Rajoy government's thugs. A simple amendment to Catalan law authorising a civilian militia, but moving toward a model based on the Swiss armed forces. The other “prong” to make contact with the United Nations. Spain is, as usual, in breach of provisions of the UN Charter. So is the EU, that is also in breach of its own stated “principles”. Is it possible that there might be a second Spanish civil war? Or perhaps it could be referred to as the Catalan War of Independence?

    Dec 28th, 2017 - 06:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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