Catalunya surely on the road to Independence

The Economist reports on last week’s Catalan elections. Barca v Madrid.

There is now a clear majority of “sovereignists” and separatists in the Catalan parliament. A ruling by Spain’s constitutional court in the summer to water down a new autonomy statute—the results of a PP legal challenge—has raised the temperature. Polls at the time showed support for independence briefly rising to 50%, before slipping back in the autumn (one in ten voters backed openly separatist parties yesterday).
In the end, Spain’s economic troubles and Catalan nationalist aspirations are closely related. Catalans’ age-old complaint that their taxes support poorer, less hard-working areas of Spain has become louder as they suffer economic crisis at home. Sunday’s vote did nothing to diminish the historic tensions between Barcelona and Madrid.

and Wiki gives the results. With 62 seats out of 135 Convergència i Unió (a sort of Christian Democrat Nationalist party) seem now to have become the natural party of Catalunya in a way comparable (electorally) with the CSU in Bavaria.
Here’s the wiki of Artur Mas, the party’ s leader. A coherent and interesting philosophy:

Since 2007 Artur Mas has put special emphasis on initiating a process, known as the Refoundation of Catalanism (in Catalan, Refundació del catalanisme), to build upon the principles and values of the Catalanist movement, in order to enlarge the majority of society in Catalonia that expresses a nationalist feeling, and not merely inside his own party, Convergència. The ‘Refoundation of Catalanism’ that Mas is actively leading calls for Catalonia to obtain the so-called ‘Right to decide’ on matters that affect it. This implicitly includes the possibility of putting independence from Spain to a hypothetical referendum. This point is significantly closer to the traditionally more separatist positions of Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya and has gained momentum since the issue of the verdict on the Catalan Statute—the Estatut—in July 2010 by the Spanish Constitutional Court, which invalidates certain parts of this law although they were backed by a large majority of Catalan voters by referendum back in 2006.

And here’s a wonderful Lipdub…Via syniadau.

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  • Francis Hutcheson

    I don’t think your headline matches the article.

    As the old line goes, everyone knows the Catalans want independence but they just don’t like to talk about it.

    So they’ll probably never really do it. Besides, la Lliga Catalana wouldn’t be very competitive!

  • Dewi

    FH – I think it’s the wider consensus pressure from society that’s moving towards the “Right to Decide”…it’s what Salmond tried to do with his conversation but in Scotland the Unionists are powerful enough to offer alternatives. In Catalonia the will is becoming settled I believe…as to Lla Lliga Catalunya..not sure how competitive the Spanish version is now!!!

  • Greenflag

    Spain’s difficulty is Catalunya’s opportunity but they might want to have a look at the banking industry in Catalonia before they take any irrevocable steps . How many are based in other regions of Spain and how many have property bubble burst debts .

    Homage to Catalonia and all that but probably not in the current financial climate . Europe’s ‘Quebec’ ?

  • Dewi

    http://www.expatica.com/es/news/local_news/voters-turn-in-debt-struck-catalonia.html

    In enough trouble themselves GF….remind you of Mick C’s National Loan??

  • Brian Walker

    Francis Hutcheson ( eh?)
    You say
    “As the old line goes, everyone knows the Catalans want independence but they just don’t like to talk about it.”

    I say
    Everyone knows the Catalans talk about independence endlessly but they don’t really want it – just maximum autonomy to put pressure on Madrid.

    Quebec syndrome.

  • Tom

    CiU under Pujol controlled the generalitat for two decades, the PSC period was an exception rather than the rule. Doesn’t make independence any more likely than SNP beating Labour in the Scottish parliament at their lowest ebb. Particularly as CiU will almost certainly end up in co-alition with PP nationally.

  • dewi

    Just get the sense of a national will….

  • RG Cuan

    There is defintely a sense of change in Catalunya – their pro-independence movement is gaining momentum and the country is strong enough financially to survive as a new nation.

    Visca la terra!