SPANISH PM’S PROPOSAL TO ADMINISTER REFERENDUM FOR RECOGNITION OF GREATER AUTONOMY TO CATALONIA




Mustafa AY – TDO – 04.09.2018 On Monday, Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez proposed arrangement of a nationwide referendum to recognize greater autonomous status to Catalonia for agenda. Even if Sanchez makes a colossal effort to display moderate approach towards Catalan Leader Quim Torra and regional politicians, he steadily underlines the matter of “no way to secede from Spain” in order not to be misunderstood.

Nowadays, Spanish leader is conducting reconciliation-oriented talks with Catalan leader Torra so that he could achieve to defuse ongoing tension with Barcelona. Therefore, Spanish PM’s efforts to reach an equilibrium point to determine new administrative framework in the region with Catalan politicians can be actually interpreted as that opposing parties might attain a satisfactory agreement soon, but there is still a possibility of failure since it is a referendum.