Catalonia pushes for independence vote in 2017

Political crisis could provide breakthrough

15 September, 11:11

    Catalonian Regional President, Carles Puigdemont Catalonian Regional President, Carles Puigdemont

    BARCELONA - The level of conflict over the possible secession of Catalonia from Spain continues to rise with no apparent political solutions to the deadlock in sight. However, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is determined to press ahead in view of the promised 'disconnection' in summer 2017. Regional government spokesperson Neus Monté has confirmed that the separatist institutions in Barcelona intend to wind up the 'process' within a year, despite opposition from the Spanish government and constitutional court, by giving a voice to the people. This could take the forms of a referendum on independence or 'constituent' elections for the new 'Republic'. The government of outgoing Premier Mariano Rajoy and Spain's main political parties all consider both options to be illegal and anticonstitutional.
    Only Podemos is in favour of a self-determination referendum.
    However the long-running political crisis in Spain could allow for a breakthrough.
    Separatists are hoping that the Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez might soften his stance in the event of an attempt to form a new government with the support of Podemos and nationalists, despite strong opposition from PSOE party bigwigs.

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