Madrid moves to curb Catalan powers after crisis cabinet meeting

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has announced plans to fire Catalonia’s president and his entire government under special powers available to the government under Spain’s constitution.

Speaking after a special cabinet meeting to decide on which measures to take under Article 155 to bock the Catalan government’s attempts to secede from Spain, Mr Rajoy said the objective was to hold elections in the region within six months in order to recover legality and the normal functioning of the country’s institutions.

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  • tom_billesley

    “Populist” Andrej Babis wins Czech election by large margin.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41708844

    • Millie_Woods

      Sixth place! Reminds me of the slaughter of the Mulrooney-ites.

  • canminuteman

    I suspect this isn’t going to end well.

    • Maggat

      I suspect you’re right.

  • Millie_Woods

    I know almost nothing about Spain and aim to keep it that way. Although the history of their civil war and the events that led to it broke my youthful infatuation with communism and socialism.

    • Samuel Q-L

      Spain is at best a “Unitary” state pretending to be a federation. It’s very confusing politics. This video explains it more in depth – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjoHOSFBgt8

      • canminuteman

        That was interesting, and confusing, but my take away is that spain is barely a country and with a little bit of conflict the whole thing could fall apart.

  • Dave

    It will be interesting to see if spain, a fan of blood sports, will be man enough to go against the Catalonians, if they seriously push back. The catalonians will be fresh, not like the half bled out bulls they like to kill in arenas. This could get entertaining.