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“Spain”, a normal country?

Enric Bou's picture

A childish controversy erupted a few weeks ago regarding the use of minority languages in the Spanish “Senate.” For the first time since the restoration of democracy (a mere 35 years ago...) a senator from the Catalan group Entesa [a left-wing “Catalanist” coalition], Ramon Aleu, used Catalan in a plenary session.

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What is Catalanism and what does it advocate?

Agustí Colomines's picture

Catalanism is the name of a movement of national vindication that advocates for the political-cultural recognition of Catalonia within Spain. After the failure of the violent uprisings of Catalans during the 17th century (the War of Catalan Secession of 1640) and the 18th century (the War of Spanish Succession of 1714), starting in the 19th century the movement to preserve Catalans’ national rights became more peaceful and civic.

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Why should you care about the Catalan elections?

Gaspar Pericay Coll's picture

From a foreigner’s perspective, Catalonia’s parliamentary elections may seem like a minor issue. Are elections in a country of 7.5 million people and a GDP of 234 billion euros important? It depends. It depends mainly on 3 factors: the powers and competences of the polity elected, if the elections end in a clear change of the political landscape and if the country’s elections will have an impact on its environment. All factors will very likely be present in the next Catalan elections, scheduled on Sunday the 28th of November. The Catalan Parliament and Catalan Government have many powers devolved, the Catalan political landscape will change and all this will have an impact on the rest of Spain, especially for the Spanish Government.

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