Puigdemont Not Backing Down in Face of Spanish Threat
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The ongoing saga for Catalan independence continues with Carles Puigdemont refusing to back down in the face of a Spanish ultimatum. The ultimatum has given Catalonia until Thursday, October 19th, 2017 to withdraw its claims of independence or else face a clampdown by Spain that will include a total loss of what remains of the region’s autonomy.
As of today, Monday, October 16th, 2017, Carles Puigdemont has not acknowledged the ultimatum from Madrid. Meanwhile, a Catalan broadcast station, TV3, is claiming that Puigdemont has no plans to concede the claims for independence on Thursday.
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They said specifically that an “unnamed source” has told them that Puigdemont only plans on maintaining his offer for a dialogue with Spain about Catalan Independence.
The Deputy Prime Minister of Spain, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, says “Mr Puigdemont …must answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the declaration.”
The Spanish government has reiterated its promise to seize total control of the region, including the police, the schools, the government itself. The Spanish government is demanding what it calls “unconditional withdrawal” of any and all claims of independence. Anything less will be met with force, a total and complete lock down of the region, with all governance being run by Madrid.
Puigdemont faces complete withdrawal of support from the parties that currently comprise his ruling coalition in the Catalan Parliament if he concedes to Spain. If he does not concede, he faces possible arrest by the Spanish government, as do numerous Catalan Independence leaders.
The situation in Catalonia, as this site has covered before, is looking more and more like it’s a bell weather case for other secessionist movements in Europe, not just secessionist movements in member states of the EU, but among member states themselves where calls for their own version of a Brexit are growing louder and louder.
Recent election results in Austria just yesterday, October 15th, 2017, show how strong the movement away from the EU is across the continent, with the nationalists poised to take control of the Austrian government.
Exit polls show the conservative party, with the current foreign minister Sebastian Kurz heading the party, appears poised to take the top position, winning 31.4 percent of the vote. They are expected to form a coalition with another nationalist party, the Freedom Party (FPO), which appears to have taken 27.5 percent of the vote.
The EU, along with one of its strongest, most committed members, Spain, has a deep interest in assuring that Catalonia Independence does not come to fruition.
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