It’s a divide that goes back centuries but is the tide currently turning ? 29 OctAccording to a couple of polls published this week-end it would appear so but given the low, albeit enforced, 43% turnout in the independence referendum perhaps it’s been a similar story behind the headlines.
Yesterday a poll published by Spanish national newspaper El Pais
suggests more Catalans (52% to 43%) are in favour of the dissolution of
the regional parliament and the holding of elections, while 55% of Catalan respondents opposed the declaration of independence, with 41% in favour.
According to a poll published earlier today pro-independence parties were seen as taking 42.5% of the vote while anti-independence parties would win 43.4%, according to the poll of some 1,000 people surveyed last week by Sigma Dos and published in the El Mundo newspaper, which it should be said is known for it’s anti-independence stance.
Also today a major rally is underway in Barcelona as pro-Spain Catalans take to the streets.
Either way it promises to be a close fought contest to the line on 21 Dec in which the Spanish govt says ousted Catalan president Puigdemont will be welcome to stand if he chooses.
Puigdemont has so far refused to accept his removal by PM Rajoy and yesterday called for «democratic opposition» and accused Madrid of «premeditated aggression» against the will of the Catalan people.
More from the BBC here and Reuters here
What do our Spanish/Catalan readers make of the current situation?
I would expect the on-going tensions to undermine the euro overall but it’s shown before to have somewhat of a teflon coat in the face of adversity.