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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Madrid to Suspend Catalan Autonomy?
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Following Catalan President Carles Puigdemont's tiptoeing toward independence from Spain – on Tuesday declaring, then suspending it, hoping for talks with Madrid to try resolving differences – Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy inched toward suspending the region's autonomy.
If he invokes Article 155 of Spain's constitution, a flagrant international law violation, Madrid will usurp control over Catalonia's regional government – deepening crisis conditions, not easing things.
After a Wednesday cabinet meeting in Madrid, Rajoy demanded Puigdemont clarify his position on independence., saying:
"The cabinet has agreed to require formally to the Catalan government to confirm whether it has declared or not independence."
Puigdemont's answer will "determine future events in the next few days. (Clarity is) "necessary when a
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