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Spain Rules Catalonia Independence Referendum "Unconstitutional"
Zero Hedge ^ | 03/27/2014 | Tyler Durden

Posted on 03/27/2014 1:15:27 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

With Scotland moving ever closer, Crimea having chosen their own path, and Venice overwhelmingly voting for secession from Italy, the Spanish government has put its foot down on the Catalonia's planned independence referendum. As Time reports, In a Tuesday ruling, Spanish judges found Catalonia’s planned independence referendum to be unconstitutional. Of course, just as in Crimea, this is being ignored by the Catalan government - a region seen as the powerhouse of the Italian economy - who exclaimed "this will have no effect on the process."

 

Via Time,

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In a Tuesday ruling, Spanish judges found Catalonia’s planned independence referendum to be unconstitutional, but secessionists in the Spanish autonomous region (called a “community” in Spain) have vowed to proceed regardless.

 

“This will have no effect on the process,” said the Catalan government’s spokesman Francesc Homs on local television.

 

Although stifled under the yoke of the Franco dictatorship, Catalonia has long felt cultural and linguistic disctinction from the rest of Spain. In recent years, it developed into a powerhouse of the nation’s economy. However, amid the country’s financial crisis, Madrid has been urging national unity.

 

No one can unilaterally deprive the entire Spanish people of the right to decide on their future,” Spain’s conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told the parliament, which is due to debate the referendum on April 8.

 

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Last September 11, Catalonia’s national day, hundreds of thousands of Catalans formed a vast human chain across the region to call for independence. The referendum, if it goes ahead, is planned for Nov. 9.

As Pater Tenebrarum noted, nation states are starting to splinter

One of these days, one of the secessionist movements in Europe is likely to succeed and then a domino effect may be let loose. The Crimea's recent change of allegiance has probably energized these movements further.

 

And it is about time, too. The concept of the centralized, large-scale nation state is anachronistic and should be abandoned. The increasing centralization of the EU is going in the wrong direction. Once again it must be stressed that for the individual citizen, it matters not one whit whether self-important EU politicians and bureaucrats can 'throw around their weight on the international stage'.

 

What matters far more is that they would likely be treated a lot better and become more prosperous if everything fell apart into tiny independent territories. That would definitely not mean that there could be no free trade zone, or that every region would necessarily use a different currency. The main goals of the founders of the EU, namely free trade and free movement of capital and people need not be abandoned – on the contrary, they would likely be adopted without hesitation. When a great many small territories compete with each other for citizens, then they are all going to be forced to make a good offer that makes people want to stay. Large declines in taxes would be an immediate effect, but not the only effect that could be expected.



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: basques; catalonia; europeanunion; independence; portugal; secession; spain
For those who are not familiar,

Catalonia is an autonomous community of Spain, designated a "nationality" by its Statute of Autonomy.

Catalonia comprises four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona. The capital and largest city is Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain, and the centre of one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe, and it comprises most of the territory of the former Principality of Catalonia, with the remainder now part of France.

Catalonia is bordered by France and Andorra to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the east, and the Spanish regions of Aragon and the Valencian Community to west and south respectively. The official languages are Catalan, Spanish and Aranese (an Occitan dialect.

1 posted on 03/27/2014 1:15:27 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 03/27/2014 1:17:36 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (question is this)
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Hey, I get it—it’s unconstitutional because they don’t have standing! Or, at least that’s our usual excuse for swatting something down in the courts.


3 posted on 03/27/2014 1:18:21 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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Secession Movements Are Alive and Well in Europe.

About 90 percent of voters in the Veneto region of northern Italy have said "yes" to possible secession from Rome in a recent referendum. Veneto, with Venice as its capital, has a population of more than 2 million and is Italy's wealthiest economic and trade region, famous for its rich culture and tourist attractions.


4 posted on 03/27/2014 1:20:33 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (question is this)
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the Catalan government - a region seen as the powerhouse of the Italian economy

By whom? I thought it was in Spain. :)

5 posted on 03/27/2014 1:21:09 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Everyone's watching the UK right now.

Everyone's watching the UK right now.

The United Kingdom and Great Britain

If separatists in the UK had their way, not only would England (green), Wales (yellow), Ireland (purple) and Scotland (dark blue) be independent, autonomous regions, but so would Cornwall (orange), the Isle of Man (red), Guernsey (light blue) and Jersey (brown).


6 posted on 03/27/2014 1:22:16 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (question is this)
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To: Sherman Logan

It was a typo.


7 posted on 03/27/2014 1:22:36 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (question is this)
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By the totally unrealistic Catalan leftist “independence” movement. They tried to glom onto France for awhile, and now they believe Italy is going to love them.

Loony leftist nutbags.


8 posted on 03/27/2014 1:23:15 PM PDT by livius
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Belgium also has a centuries old problem.

Belgium has a centuries old problem.

A recent map of Belgium

Flanders (the Dutch or Flemish-speaking region) and Belgium (Walloon, which is the French-speaking region, and Brussels, the capital region) have never really got over their differences.


9 posted on 03/27/2014 1:24:09 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (question is this)
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'Spain Rules Catalonia Independence Referendum "Unconstitutional"'

Sounds likes something Scalia would say.

10 posted on 03/27/2014 1:27:40 PM PDT by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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Yahh, I figured. But a pretty funny one, I thought.


11 posted on 03/27/2014 2:44:31 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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Forget it, he’s rolling.


12 posted on 03/27/2014 2:45:34 PM PDT by dfwgator
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Could it come to blows?


13 posted on 03/27/2014 2:55:31 PM PDT by Viennacon
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I'm wondering.... If these regions are allowed to vote to be independent nations, would that mean they can get out of the EU? Would an independent state in the US be free of Federal Reserve tyranny?

One thing we're learning from all of this is that people are NOTHING. We do not anywhere in the world have the right to vote for our destiny. We can not say "enough" with banker/globalist control. The only thing that's supposed to be able to change things is if the globalist ptb inspire a coup which removes functioning, legal governments.

This is what Crimea means. They had a legal situation and events where they got to vote themselves out of a chaotic situation they did not create. And they and Putin did so in a non-violent methodical way.

14 posted on 03/27/2014 2:56:12 PM PDT by grania
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Could it come to blows?

I say they should have an 'El Clasico' between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid....Barcelona wins, Catalonia gets their independence, Real Madrid wins, they stay with Spain.

15 posted on 03/27/2014 2:57:38 PM PDT by dfwgator
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In all seriousness, this move could ruin La Liga. A Catalan League would have all the competitiveness as the Scottish Premiership.
16 posted on 03/27/2014 4:20:13 PM PDT by gusty
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It happened already, 3 days ago, Barcelona 4, Real 3. In the fall 0f 2013 it was Barca 1, Real 0. With the balance of Classicos between those two teams in recent years, Catalunia became independent long time ago....


17 posted on 03/27/2014 4:27:53 PM PDT by exinnj
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In all seriousness, this move could ruin La Liga. A Catalan League would have all the competitiveness as the Scottish Premiership.

That's exactly what I was wondering........And also it would break up the Spanish national team. They won't be winning any World Cups, after they break up,

18 posted on 03/27/2014 7:26:01 PM PDT by dfwgator
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