Catalonia’s drive to break away from Spain hit a roadblock this week. Spain’s Constitutional Court on Monday agreed to hear Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s appeal contesting Catalonia’s plan for a Nov. 9 referendum on independence and suspended the regional vote. The court has five months to issue its final ruling. The Catalan government on Tuesday temporarily halted its campaign but said it would appeal the suspension and continue to push to let the people decide.
Until now, outsiders might have been tempted to compare Catalonia’s move with Scotland’s recent secession movement, in which voters rejected independence from Britain. But the two situations are strikingly different.… Seguir leyendo »