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Catalan Separatists Seen Winning Thin Majority, Exit Polls

Exit polls in the much-watched Catalonia regional elections show the separatists winning a majority by a razer-thin margin… While those in favor of indepedence appear to have an absolute majority, the pro-Spain Ciudadanos party got the most seats. Here's a party-by-party breakdown from the 8tv poll: Ciudadanos Seen Winning 34-37 Seats: 8tv Poll Esquerra Republicana […]

Spain PM Fires Catalan Government, Calls Snap Elections In Retaliation For Independence Vote

Update 4: In a live TV address to the nation, Spain's PM Rajoy just announced that it is a "sad day" in which Catalans showed "contempt" for democracy, and ignored the general interest; that the Catalan declaration is unacceptable to majority of Catalans, and that, as a result and as expected, he is firing Catalan […]

Catalonia Vice President Says “No Choice” But Declare Independence

themaven.net / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / Oct 25, 2017 The crisis in Spain has reached the critical phase with neither Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy nor Catalan President Carles Puigdemont willing to back down. Article 155 takes effect on Friday with Spain taking over the Catalan government at that time. A declaration of independence may come first. The […]

“It’s A Coup”: Catalan President Slams “Worst Attack” By Spain “Since Franco Dictatorship”

Update: The defiant Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, addressed Catalans, Spaniards, and the rest of Europe on TV saying that the Spanish states' imposition of Article 155 means "liquidation of our self-government and cancellation of the democratic will of Catalans".  In other words, he made it quite clear that the region's leaders would not accept direct […]

With Just Hours Until Spain’s Ultimatum Runs Out, Catalonia Proposes Its Own Central Bank

It’s D-Day for Catalan President Carles Puigdemont who has just a few hours left until 10 am on Monday (4am ET) to respond to the Spanish government’s ultimatum delivered last week by the prime minister, demanding to know whether Puigdemont did, indeed, declare independence last week. If Puigdemont says yes, fails to respond, or provides […]

The Spanish Civil War, Revisited: Pepe Escobar Fears “Lethal Response” From Madrid

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Asia Times, Puigdemont's political twist could invoke a lethal response from Madrid: suspension of Catalonia's government Call it theatre of the absurd – with a lethal subtext. Under pressure from all corners – even Donald Tusk, president of the EU Council – in his fateful date with destiny Carles […]

Spanish Government Begins Process To Suspend Catalan Autonomy

In a much anticipated televized briefing, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy formally demanded the Catalan leader clarify whether independence has been declared, saying that is needed before he can decide what steps to take. The Spanish leader announced that the central government has moved to take the first step towards suspending home rule in Catalonia […]

Spain’s Rajoy Ready To Trigger “Nuclear Option” As Hundreds Of Thousands Protest Against Independence In Barcelona

One week after the historic Catalan Independence Referendum vote reopened Europe’s populist Pandora Box of nationalist secession movements, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Catalonia’s capital Barcelona on Sunday to express their opposition to any declaration of independence from Spain, which according to Reuters showed “how divided the region is on […]

Catalan Independence: Deutsche Bank Explains How We Got Here & What Happens Next

In the past few days, many questions have arisen regarding the exact institutional mechanisms and next steps surrounding the Catalan events. In this note, Deutsche Bank's Marc de-Muizon provides a Q&A addressing these issues. Why is the referendum illegal? The Spanish Constitution states that Spain cannot be broken up. The Article 2 in the preliminary […]

“Forget Germany, Spain Is The Real Problem”

Following yesterday’s German election, which despite Merkel’s 4th victory was a rout for the establishment “grand coalition” parties of CDU/CSU and SPD which saw its worst election performance since the 1940s offset by a surge in the ascendant right-wing AfD, there have been numerous analyst reactions to the “sudden reemergence” of populism in Europe, but […]