Article published by Diari Ara, 9th July 2016
Last Thursday the Spanish Constitutional Court (TC) ruled against Catalonia’s statehood structures, which the Catalan government had been focusing on
Last Thursday the Spanish Constitutional Court (TC) ruled against Catalonia’s statehood structures, which the Catalan government had been focusing on. The court’s decision was unanimous, without any cracks. Once again, Spain’s highest court of law continues to play a central role as the key institution responsible for thwarting the Catalan efforts by legal means when, in a mature democracy, such differences would actually be resolved politically. Alas, Spain’s politicos abjured their duty to take action in order to resolve the feud with Catalonia a long time ago. They chose, instead, to ignore the persistent will of Catalan society to freely decide its own future, a determination that has been expressed at the polls uncontestedly and supported in the streets peacefully.
The court’s ruling —which strikes down Catalonia’s IRS, the Catalan Meteorological Service and even the strategic plans for energy and infrastructures— comes a year after Mariano Rajoy’s government filed a formal complaint against the Catalan complementary budget bill, which included a number of tax and administrative steps aimed at preparing a future political disconnection from Spain. The measures had been agreed upon by CDC and ERC, and the Catalan parliament had approved them in March 2015.
The ruling is as unsurprising as it is relevant. …
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