Spain’s constitutional crisis has worsened significantly over the past days. In a step unprecedented since democracy was restored in 1978, the Spanish government announced the suspension of Catalan autonomy and on Friday established direct rule from Madrid. Earlier that day, the Catalan Parliament approved a unilateral declaration of independence, which could trigger the imprisonment of Catalan officials for up to 30 years.
So what comes next? The Spanish government’s first move was to dissolve the Catalan Parliament and call for a snap regional election on Dec. 21. Catalonia now faces three potential ways to redefine its relationship with Spain, and to find a longterm solution to the conflict.… Seguir leyendo »