December 14, 2013
A PEOPLE WHO THINK THEMSELVES A NATION ARE ONE:
A referendum on independence? (THe Economist, Dec 13th 2013)
Posted by Orrin Judd at December 14, 2013 8:35 AMRISING tension between Madrid and Catalonia reached a new peak yesterday with the announcement by the Catalan president, Artur Mas, that he plans to hold an independence referendum on November 9th next year. Flanked by leaders of parties that hold two-thirds of seats in the region's parliament, Mr Mas launched the biggest challenge to Spain's internal structure in recent history. The Catalans, he said, are "a people who want to decide for themselves on their own future".