The elections held in Catalonia have delivered a clear verdict: the separatists have gained ground and were even victorious at the polls. Today, hopes/fears surrounding Catalonia’s secession from the Kingdom of Spain have to be taken seriously. A number of questions now have to be answered:
Overall, the political situation in Catalonia is obviously a real cause of concern in Madrid. However, the route to independence is very complicated (How do you secede? Why would Madrid validate aspirations running counter to the Constitution? How do you reconcile both pro-independence parties on the matter of Europe?) Will the separatists be happy with wielding increased negotiating power in the aftermath of the elections: more autonomy but no independence?
The Catalan separatists won an absolute majority of seats, but not of all votes cast
Two pro-independence parties but two different opinions on Europe
Toward a referendum on self-determination or unilateral secession?
Spain can legally invalidate Catalan political autonomy
November's general elections could prove decisive
Catalonia: an example for the Basque Country?
Catalonia is as wealthy as Denmark or Finland
Spain without Catalonia would undoubtedly be less wealthy and more fragile