Spanish Government To Hold Emergency Cabinet Meeting Wednesday About Catalonia

There is a lot of confusion as to what is going on in Spain at this moment, with The Spain Report noting that "TV presenters asking politicians and guests if there has been a declaration of independence or not, and that "Spain confused."

Wikipedia took a more pragmatic approach, and defined Catalonia's independence as lasting all of 9 seconds: from the moments Puidgemont announced independence, to his declaration literally 9 seconds later he was suspending the outcome of the Catalan referendum.

It did not help that moments ago, the following two Bloomberg headlines hit:


As AP explained, Catalan lawmakers are signing a document they are calling a declaration of independence from Spain, but are delaying its implementation. Regional president Carles Puigdemont was the first to sign the document titled "Declaration of the Representatives of Catalonia." After him, dozens of other lawmakers signed it.  The signing ceremony came a few hours after Puigdemont addressed the regional parliament, saying Catalans had earned the right to independence from Spain after a referendum on Oct. 1. But he called for dialogue with Spain's government, which has condemned the referendum as illegal and unconstitutional.

Meanwhile, the Spanish government has said it would not hold any dialogue with the breakaway region, whose referendum it has repeatedly said was illegal.

In an attempt to clarify matters, on Tuesday evening a Spanis government official said that the Spanish government will hold an emergency Cabinet meeting on Wednesday after Catalan lawmakers signed what they called a declaration of independence from Spain.

Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria made the announcement in Madrid hours after a speech by Catalan president Carles Puigdemont at the regional parliament in Barcelona. Puigdemont said Catalans had earned the right to independence but said separatists would delay implementing it for several weeks to give dialogue a chance.

But Saenz de Santamaria signaled that Spain’s government was in no mood to talk, saying that the Catalan leader “doesn’t know where he is, where he is going and with whom he wants to go.”

The Spanish Cabinet meeting will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. (0700 GMT) and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is due to address parliament in the afternoon.

And so the painful waiting period has been extended for at least one more day before Spain announces whether it will or won't trigger Article 155, leading to the next, and potentially far worse, step in the Spanish sovereignty crisis.