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Merkel hopes for 'constitutional' solutions to Catalan crisis

Merkel hopes for 'constitutional' solutions to Catalan crisis

Jason Porter is business development director at Blevins Franks, an advisory and wealth-management firm that works with British expats across Europe, with an office in the region, in Girona.

The European states will not recognize the independence of Catalonia, President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani said in an interview with Kore radio station.

Michel caused consternation in Madrid the day after the Catalan referendum in which Spanish police cracked down hard to try to prevent voting, sending a tweet condemning the use of violence.

That brings us to last week when those poor Catalans had to go outside in their perfect Spanish weather and vote to become independent for the 84th time. A supporting vote is needed from the upper house Senate, where Rajoy's People's Party (PP) has a majority of seats.

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría gave the warning a day before a Spanish deadline to Carles Puigdemont was due to expire.

"The Catalan problem is above all a Spanish problem, it must be resolved in Spain", he said.

Juez deja sin efecto formal prisión contra Gordillo
Un nuevo round acaba de ganar la exlíder del Sindicato Nacional de los Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE), Elba Esther Gordillo Morales.

The article 155 of the constitution allows the government to suspend Catalonia's autonomy.

President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont says the region will push for independence if dialogue with Madrid fails.

Get up to 5% more foreign exchange by using a specialist provider by getting closer to the real market rate and avoid the gaping spreads charged by your bank for international payments. This time, however, because there was nothing else going on in the world (except for a genocide in Myanmar, an assembly line of hurricanes in the Caribbean, a man in Las Vegas going crazy, and Harvey Weinstein trying to out-sexually-assault Bill Cosby), the vote finally gained a little traction. The Spanish government had repeatedly insisted the referendum was illegal.

Articles about an autonomous justice system, the status of Catalan as an official language, and references to Catalunya as a nation were scrapped to absolutely no one's surprise. Its autonomy was once more enshrined in the country's 1978 constitution, which said the country was "indivisible" but respected territorial self-government.

Spain's constitutional court ruled Tuesday that an independence referendum in Catalonia was unconstitutional, adding weight to government efforts to block the region from breaking away from the rest of the country but not persuading demonstrators demanding the release of two jailed separatist activists. Ninety percent of voters chose to leave Spain. All I know is, as a Poli Sci grad myself, it has never taken me longer than one night and performance-enhancing drugs to pull off any of my assignments, so I don't know what Catalunya's excuse is. That and the Basques, another secessionist region but one so hapless at doing so, they might as well be called Scotland.