How Catalan's Independence Leader Failed by Design

Author
Liam Hunt
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
Centre for the Study of Security and Development, Dalhousie University
Abstract
Catalonia unilaterally declared independence from Spain on October 27, 2017, and with that, the fate of the European Union was briefly, once again, put in jeopardy. Since then, the international community, including Canada, the US, UK, Germany, and France, have all come forward to call for Spanish unity and quash the separatist tide. The Spanish Constitutional Court has ruled the results of the October 1 secession referendum illegal. In response, the Spanish Senate triggered Article 155 of the Constitution, which effectively gave Madrid direct rule over the region of Catalonia. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy then dissolved the Catalan Parliament and installed a caretaker government under the leadership of vice-premier Soraya de Santamaria before calling snap regional elections for December 21.
Topic
Sovereignty, Elections, European Union, Separatism, Secession
Political Geography
Europe, Spain, Catalonia