Catalan Leader Fails to Meet Madrid’s Deadline

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Catalan Leader Fails to Meet Madrid's Deadline

by Stephen Lendman ( – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is more equivocator than decider, failing to formally declare independence from fascist Spain – the overwhelming will of the autonomous region's voters.

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy gave him until 10:00AM Monday local time to say yea or nay on independence, nothing in between.

Instead, Puigdemont in a letter to Rajoy said "(o)ur proposal of dialogue is sincere and honest. Thus, for the next two months, our main objective is to urge dialogue and that all those international, Spanish and Catalan institutions and personalities who have expressed their will to open a path to negotiations have the chance to explore it."

"My government's priority is to intensively seek the path to dialogue. We want to talk, just as strong democracies do, about the existing problem that the majority of the
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