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By Tobias Buck in Madrid
Catalan nationalists looked with envy to Glasgow this week, where Scottish leaders unveiled a 667-page blueprint detailing their vision for an independent Scotland.
Over the past year, their own calls for a break with Spain and an independent Catalan state have grown more insistent by the day. They have held demonstrations attended by hundreds of thousands, and seen a steady rise in popular support for independence in the region.
“It seems we have two categories of Europeans here – some who are allowed to vote and some who are not,” said Ricard Gené, a senior member of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), the grassroots movement that has led the popular push for independence. “The Scottish path is the one we want to follow. The problem is that Spain will not allow a referendum.”
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Scotland would be kicked out of the European Union if it voted for independence, Spanish Prime Minister says, contradicting Alex Salmond’s claims membership would be seamless
By Simon Johnson, Scottish Political Editor
8:00PM GMT 27 Nov 2013
Mariano Rajoy said it was important that Scots were “realistic” about the consequences of a ‘yes’ vote next year and warned against “regions” of member states embarking on “solo adventures”.
Mr Rajoy’s intervention is severely damaging for Mr Salmond as it would mean Scotland having to apply from scratch for EU membership, a process that would take years, and having to negotiate its own opt-out from the euro.
The Spanish Prime Minister confirmed a separate Scotland would require the consent of all 28 existing member states, including his country, to join the EU.
The Spanish government is known to be hostile to Scottish independence as it does not want to encourage its own separatist movement in Catalonia.
His comments, made in a joint press conference in Madrid with Francois Hollande, the French President, directly contradicted this week’s Scottish Government White Paper on independence.
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By Glòria Pallarès
A pro-independence movement has surged in Catalonia, Spain’s most economically powerful region. Over half of Catalans are now in favor of secession, about twice as many as in 2008. Mass rallies have pushed for a new Catalan state within the EU framework— with claims that the territory’s political and economic demands have been systematically brushed aside by the Spanish government. Madrid will now have to tackle Catalan grievances in order to break the current political deadlock and avert instability that could hamper Spain’s recovery from an ongoing and savage recession.
Following an appeal by the ruling Popular Party (PP), in 2010, Spain’s Constitutional Court annulled key articles of Catalonia’s statute of autonomy, which had been agreed to by the Catalan and Spanish parliaments and approved in referendum in 2006. In response, hundreds of thousands took to the streets to protest against the striking down of Catalan as the preferential language in public media and government administration and to defend autonomous judiciary and fiscal power. Again in 2012, on the national day of Catalonia – the Diada – a peaceful mass rally caught politicians unaware. A week afterwards, Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, turned down a longstanding request to balance Catalonia’s contribution to the state with what it receives in public spending, denying the fiscal autonomy granted to the Basque and Navarra regions. In response, the center-right Convergence and Union (CiU) leader of the Catalan government, Artur Mas, called for early elections. This vote resulted in parties favoring a referendum on independence representing 80 percent of the regional assembly.
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España salió formalmente de la recesión, pero afrontará al menos dos años más de un elevado desempleo y un crecimiento muy por debajo de su potencial, según los economistas. Cataluña calcula cuánto ganaría si se independizara del resto del país.
Todas las comunidades autónomas españolas menos el País Vasco y Navarra pagan a Madrid sus impuestos, que se reparten entre administraciones y territorios para financiar los servicios públicos e infraestructuras de todo el Estado español. Este dinero sirve para pagar también los salarios a los funcionarios estatales. La plataforma www.thecatalanproject.org grabó un video para evaluar cuánto dinero ahorraría Cataluña si consiguiera convertirse en Estado independiente. Concluyó que un 30% de los impuestos pagados por los catalanes no regresan a la comunidad.
Este porcentaje supone un total de 2.250 euros por cada catalán y 16.000 millones de euros anuales para la Comunidad en su totalidad. La cifra corresponde al 8% del PIB de Cataluña. “Estos 16.000 millones bien gestionados servirían para dar una buena sanidad, educación, la red de trenes, a los catalanes. Incluso quedaría dinero para ser solidarios con otras regiones”, asegura el portavoz de thecatalanproject.org, Xavier Sala-i-Martin.
Pluja d’Estelades a càrrec de l’Assemblea Nacional Catalana als Estats Units.
Fotografies al The New york Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/10/fashion/bill-cunningham-on-the-run.html?emc=eta1&_r=2&