Catalan President To Declare "Gradual Independence" On Tuesday

In the latest twist ahead of tomorrow's much anticipated "next step" announcement to be made by the Catalan secessionists, which is still to be formalized, Spain's EFE newswire reports that Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont has reportedly drafted a declaration of "gradual independence", that will be "gradually effective" and which will plan to start a constituent process.

The declaration, which will cap what El Periodico dubbed "the most critical moment for Catalonia" will allegedly insist on Catalonia's wish to negotiate with central government and the need for mediation, although in an indication that Puigdemont may be back tracking from his hard-line "binary" stance, EFE adds that the Declaration won’t lead to parliamentary vote, and as such may be non-binding.

The news is the latest development in a fast-paced day, in which as we reported earlier this morning, the ruling People's Party issued a thinly veiled death threat to the President of Catalonia. "Let's hope that nothing is declared tomorrow because perhaps the person who makes the decalartion will end up like the person who made the declaration 83 years ago."

Additionally, perhaps as a Plan B, Catalan secessionists opened a second-front in their campaign against the government in Madrid, urging the opposition Socialists to forge a coalition to oust Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Bloomberg reported and added that while the Socialists have so far refused to sign up to the plan, the Catalan groups pushing it have already persuaded the populist Podemos party to back and accept a Socialist-only government.

Should the Socialists get on board, the alliance would have 172 seats in the 350-strong chamber and would look to add the Basque Nationalists to form a majority. Rajoy heads a minority administration with 134 deputies and can be toppled with a no-confidence motion.

Meanwhile, as reported overnight, Catalan secessionist leader Carles Puigdemont faced increased pressure on Monday to abandon plans to declare independence from Spain, with France and Germany expressing support for the country's unity. The Madrid government, grappling with Spain's biggest political crisis since an attempted military coup in 1981, said it would respond immediately to any such unilateral declaration.

A week after a vote on independence which the government did its utmost to thwart, the tension also took its toll on the business climate of Spain's wealthiest region. Over the weekend and on Monday, another three Catalonia-based companies joined a business exodus from the region that has gathered steam since the Oct. 1 referendum.

Property group Inmobiliaria Colonial and infrastructure firm Abertis both decided to relocate their head offices to Madrid and telecoms firm Cellnex said it would do the same for as long as political uncertainty in Catalonia continued.

 

Publishing house Grupo Planeta said it would move its registered office from Barcelona to Madrid if the Catalan parliament unilaterally declared independence.

Spain's finance minister said it was the Catalan government's fault the companies were leaving.

Regional leader Carles Puigdemont is due to address the regional parliament on Tuesday afternoon and Madrid is worried it will vote for a unilateral declaration of independence.

Should Puigdemont declare unconditional independence, it is likely that Spain's PM Rajoy will trigger Article 155, the so-called "nuclear option" to seize control over the semi-autonomous region, remove Catalonia's government and call for new regional elections, likely leading to even more social conflict.

Opposition Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez said he would "support the response of the rule of law in the face of any attempt to break social harmony", but stopped short of explicitly saying his party would back dissolving the regional parliament.

Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau advised Puigdemont against proclaiming independence on the basis of the referendum results and she urged Rajoy to rule out suspending Catalonia's autonomy.

Comments

oliversmithenson ParticularlySt… Tue, 10/10/2017 - 09:38 Permalink

How come? The king of Spain has no political power, he only serves the purpose of representing and promoting the country abroad and act as a moderator in politics, representing all Spaniards. The president, any minister or congressman has more political power than your not-a-real-democrazy-monarchySpain consistently ranks in the top 20 countries in terms of "democracy index", way ahead of the US.  

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gildedtime gildedtime Mon, 10/09/2017 - 17:02 Permalink

Lazy bastards all of you. Can't put in a 4 digit number to unlock your Iphone? Here is my fingerprint Mr. Deep State to unlock my phone... Oh, thank you for the upgrade Mr. Deep State.  Here is my facial recognition.   Oh, I can't wait for Iphone XII.  I look forward to giving a DNA sample to unlock MY phone.

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Ghordius Jtrillian Mon, 10/09/2017 - 16:57 Permalink

Brexit has very little to do with sovereignty and a lot with treaties

lots of people confuse the status (i.e. sovereign) with the action (getting in or out of treaties)

to be sovereign is like being adult, and recognized by others as such

and adults can marry, or divorce. or, in the case of the UK gov, triggering Art.50, which is a legal notice: "in 2 years, I'm out"

bye bye and all the best

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Ghordius Mon, 10/09/2017 - 16:41 Permalink

"as we reported earlier this morning, the ruling People's Party issued a thinly veiled death threat to the President of Catalonia"

which was a FAIL all for itself. but only if someone thinks about it, of course. about things like laws, legal grounds for capital punishment in Spain, and so on. oh, and a language barrier, to boot

meh. This ain't Spain anymore, Toto. This is la la land

peddling-fiction Ghordius Mon, 10/09/2017 - 19:59 Permalink

Start with this book GhordEUs.https://books.google.com.bo/books?id=TH2QBAAAQBAJ&pg=PR6&lpg=PR6&dq=sta… is plenty more.The anti-Basque violence and Basque terrorism is another.I was in Madrid and was very close to one of these bomb explosions.Their modern violence (and EUs and the US) has been focused towards innocent civilians like me through state sponsored STASI gangstalking. Microwave weapons and body implants (led by Delgado research in Spain) are being used daily to torment, torture and kill dissidents or the holy.You are Cowards, and will be held accountable for this silent genocide.

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Don Diego Mon, 10/09/2017 - 16:48 Permalink

Who wrote this article? the Socialists will never back the putchists against Rajoy, because if they do, Spain will be like Poland (God bless them), with no left left in the next elections.Anyway, the Catalibans are desesperatedly looking for a way out. On the one hand the hard liners of the extreme left are pushing for an unambiguous declaration of independence. On the other hand, the business interests realize now (no shit Sherlock) that the rest of Spain is not buying Catalan products any more.Go long human shields.now, since this is ZH, gratuitous pic of pro-Spain Catalan hot chick:https://imgur.com/a/Hccux

E5 Mon, 10/09/2017 - 16:51 Permalink

In other news:Catalonia has signed a Treaty with Russia for the expansion of one of it's Mediterranean ports.North Korea has offered 100 bitcoin for some of the Catalonian vacant grain "silos". 

Don Diego Mon, 10/09/2017 - 16:59 Permalink

Zbrainers are officially Soros boys now: The Open Society Initiative for Europe aims to narrow the gulf between the promise of Europe as the prototype for an open society and reality. Its team operates from a number of locations in Europe and the United States: Barcelona, Budapest, London, and New York. The Open Society Initiative for Europe, established on January 2, 2013, is registered as a legal entity under this name in Catalan: Fundacio per a la promocio de la iniciativa per una societat oberta a Europa.https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/about/offices-foundations/open-s… 

pippi68 Mon, 10/09/2017 - 17:07 Permalink

"Gradual Independence"... now that's clever. But if Spain is smart any independence will require Catalonia to take their portion of the debt with them alleviating Spain of that burden, and Catalonia would need to reapply to the EU as a independent entity supposing they would be able to meet the requirements for entry without Spain's backing. It would be an economic hard going for a long while (Spain might snap up many departing industry and finance companies who need to remain in the EU for trade reasons), but Spain should then let them be free. I'm not convinced Catalans are hardworking enough to put in the effort to really leave. As it stands, Catalans seem to just want to make it known to the rest of the world that they think they are superior to their fellow countryman. (Much like many coastal Californians are under the delusion that they are intellectually and morally superior to the rest of the USA. Full disclosure: I live amongst these "superior" Californians.)