These elections show an unprecedented divide in Catalan society. Politicians and policies capable of healing wounds and weaving a new space for coexistence are needed. Catalonia, as of now, is at the center of the campaign for the general election.
Let's be clear: the Catalan elections on Sunday, September 27th, are exceptional due to the explosive mix of emotions, political debate and intensity that have inoculated Spanish politics. But, the previous notwithstanding, will they be the first step towards an independent Catalonia?
The "consultation of citizens" plebiscite in the wealthy northeastern region followed a legal block by the central government
It was the first official move to prepare for the planned Nov. 9 vote on separation from Spain since the Constitutional Court
By Julien Toyer "If we don't get a referendum people will just get more frustrated," said Bernat Cabero, a sculptor who lives
Mas had tried to ride the separatist wave after hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated in the streets in September