The Australian: Spain’s Catalonia may declare independence

Catalonia may proclaim independence from Spain after the next regional election, a local official says, in an apparent open challenge to the government in Madrid.

The north-western region has taken “a road of no return” toward independence, Catalonia spokesman Francesc Homs said.

The possible mechanisms to achieve it included a referendum or a unilateral proclamation of independence by the regional parliament after the election, he said.

“The process that is being opened is not for the impatient,” he said.

Madrid has refused even to grant greater financial powers to Catalonia, which already enjoys a large degree of autonomy.

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