November 6, 2005

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Spanish Parliament to weigh Catalan autonomy (Renwick McLean, NOVEMBER 4, 2005, International Herald Tribune)

The Spanish Parliament agreed Thursday to consider a proposal by the region of Catalonia calling for greater autonomy from Madrid, intensifying an already heated debate over the rights of Spain's regions to govern themselves.

With a vote of 197 to 146, the Parliament decided early Thursday morning to open negotiations over the proposal, a process that is expected to last months.

Although the vote was largely a formality, the hours of passionate speeches preceding it underscored the seriousness of the debate ahead.

A bitter pill for the transnationists, but the future belongs to smaller states not larger.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 6, 2005 7:38 AM
Comments

Balkanization was a disaster in the Balkans, why would it work better in Spain.

Posted by: erp at November 6, 2005 3:23 PM

No one country can assemble enough combat power to confront the hedgemon. Economic globalization renders the vestiges of mercantilism obsolete.

The only cause remaining for preserving the myth of sovereignity is Oedipal reaction.

Why not, then, let people form themselves into whatever statelets might please them?

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 6, 2005 3:49 PM

erp:

It doesn't matter whether it's a good idea--Wilson made it inevitable.

Posted by: oj at November 6, 2005 10:29 PM

A freind of ours who spent a year in Spain said that regional resentment of Madrid was palpable. The people they meet in Catalonia were barely civil.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 7, 2005 2:19 AM
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