The Times – Should it stay or go? Catalonia faces its moment of decision

Far from the tourists in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona, Catalonia’s President outlines the stark choice facing the region’s voters on Sunday. He is in no doubt which wat they should go. “If we stay in the position we are in now, it will be a disaster,” Artur Mas says.

Mr Mas, 56, has a reputation as a pragmatic, even dull leader — one Catalan journalist described him as a “robot” — but he has set in motion events that could have severe consequences for recession-hit Spain. He says that he had no choice but to call a snap general election.

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