BBC: Catalans Declare Independence as Madrid Imposes Direct Rule

Catalan voters chose to seek independence from Spain in a special referendum and the Catalan regional parliament soon followed suit with 70 members in favor, 10 opposed, two abstained and more than 50 members not indicating a position. The Spanish Constitutional Court is expected to rule the regional parliament’s decision as illegal. Spain has responded by approving direct rule over the region, eliminating autonomy and dissolving the regional parliament. About 43 percent of eligible voters participated in the referendum and the region has a sizable group opposing demands for independence. “Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had told senators direct rule was needed to return ‘law, democracy and stability’ to Catalonia,’” reports BBC News. Key members of the European Union are rejecting independence for Catalonia and supporting Spain and “European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said the EU ‘doesn't need any more cracks, more splits.’" Democracies must learn to work out their differences. – YaleGlobal

BBC: Catalans Declare Independence as Madrid Imposes Direct Rule

The Catalan regional parliament has voted to declare independence from Spain, while the Spanish parliament has approved direct rule over the region
Friday, October 27, 2017

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About Catalonia from the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, Eurostat and the Bank of Spain:

  • 16 percent of Spain’s population
  • 25.6 percent of Spain’s exports
  • 19 percent of Spain’s GDP
  • 20.7 percent of Spain’s foreign investment
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