With relations between Catalonia and Spain’s central government at rock bottom, The Local spoke to Catalan historian Àngel Casals to find out if the imminent arrival of a new king could help calm the troubled waters.
“There will be a change of king in Spain but there won’t be a change in the Catalan political process, which will bring us towards a free vote (on the issue of independence) on November 9th.”
These were the uncompromising words of the President of Catalonia Artur Mas shortly after King Juan Carlos announced his resignation on Monday — just the latest salvo in a long-running dispute between the region and Spain’s central government in Madrid.
Mas and his political allies are determined to hold a non-binding vote to test support for independence for a region with 7.5 million people, a move deemed illegal by the Spanish Parliament.
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