Cata­lan par­lia­ment de­fies Spain

Sunday Herald Sun - - News -

CATA­LAN se­ces­sion­ists are work­ing to­wards a uni­lat­eral dec­la­ra­tion of in­de­pen­dence from Spain that could be adopted next week in de­fi­ance of a court or­der and eco­nomic pres­sure from Madrid.

Af­ter Spain’s Con­sti­tu­tional Court sus­pended a ses­sion of the Cata­lan re­gional par­lia­ment set for Mon­day, which had been ex­pected to en­dorse an in­de­pen­dence dec­la­ra­tion, the par­lia­ment said the re- gion’s pro-in­de­pen­dence leader, Car­les Puigde­mont, would ad­dress the as­sem­bly at 6pm lo­cal time on Tues­day.

Madrid apol­o­gised for the first time yes­ter­day for po­lice vi­o­lence in try­ing to hin­der a week­end ref­er­en­dum it had de­clared il­le­gal.

That crack­down raised the tem­per­a­ture of a con­fronta­tion that has grown into Spain’s worst po­lit­i­cal cri­sis in decades.

A Cata­lan leg­is­la­tor was quoted by El Mundo news­pa­per as say­ing se­ces­sion­ist par­ties in the Cata­lan par­lia­ment were dis­cussing an in­de­pen­dence dec­la­ra­tion to be sub­mit­ted to the as­sem­bly next Tues­day.

The stakes are high for the euro­zone’s fourth-largest econ­omy. Cat­alo­nia is the source of a huge chunk of its tax rev­enue and hosts multi­na­tion­als from car­maker Volk­swa­gen to drugs firm As­traZeneca.

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