The pro-independence movement continues to advance in Catalonia, after the results from the most recent autonomous elections, where the two political formations supporting this region’s secession from Spain, Together for Si and the CUP, won an absolute majority of seats in the autonomous Parliament, obtaining 72 out of a total 135, although the amount of votes obtained by the two formations didn’t reach 50%.
Analysts feel that the growth in the Catalan pro-independence feelings is one more expression of stress on the “Spain of the Autonomies” model. For the Catalan government, the crisis in which this region finds itself is due to the tax regimen imposed on it by Madrid, through which the Generalitat is obliged to send more money to the central government than what it receives in exchange.
Among the Catalonians’ requests is receiving the possibility of collecting their own taxes, like, for example, in the Basque Country; however, The Monclova remains reluctant; all of this contributes to the growing pro-independence sentiment.
According to the political scientist Josep Maria Reniu of the University of Barcelona, understanding the elections is complicated. “This electoral process, even though of a plebiscitary nature, wasn’t a referendum where yes and no were clear and sharp,” he states. “If you don’t accept that it is a plebiscite from the start, even though the campaign was set up in these terms, then you can’t change your opinion,” the expert added.
However, the autonomous elections—which had a record participation of 77%--gave the coalition government, led by the head of government, Artur Mas, a setback, and the rise of the CUP, considered to be the left wing of the pro-independence movement, could be ascertained.
Opposition in the autonomous Parliament is led by the right wing formation, Citizens, which obtained almost 18% of the votes and 25 representatives, almost triple what it obtained in the 2012 elections. Next in line was the Socialist party, and after that, the coalition headed by Podemos, with barely 9% of the votes.
What will happen now? Artur Mas and the coalition supporting him, Together for Yes, declared that they reached a majority of the seats in Parliament, feel that the citizens have given their yes to set the pro-independence process in motion. They received the majority, but not with votes, and this could slow down the process.
Meanwhile, Mariano Rajoy’s Government continues moving the strings to bombard any intentions for secession, using any means possible. The Spanish parliament will now try to amplify the facilities of Spain’s highest court to remove the regional authorities from their positions. This will be a serious threat directed at the newly elected Catalan president. However, the direct intervention of the Catalan state can also not be ruled out.