CATALONIA VOTES TO ‘BREAK WITH SPAIN’! CATALAN PRO-INDEPENDENCE PARTIES WIN MAJORITY, EXIT POLL SHOWS
Mas Trouble In Little Spain As Country Layers Constitutional Crisis Onto Economic Depression
Catalonia’s exit polls confirm over two-thirds of votes will go to pro-independence parties that will likely push for a referendum to break away from Spain, which the central government will challenge as unconstitutional. The more-populous-than-Denmark region is home to car factories and banks that generate one-fifth of Spain’s economic wealth (larger than Portugal’s). The incumbent, Artur Mas, has converted to a more radical separatist bias since huge street demonstrations in September showed the will of the people. As Reuters notes, growing Catalan separatism is a huge challenge for Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who is trying to bring down painfully high borrowing costs by persuading investors of Spain’s fiscal and political stability. Critically, the exit polls suggest the dominance of separatist parties will mean a referendum for secession within two years – leaving us asking the simple question: who will buy any Spanish debt, even fully backstopped by the ECB, if there is a real risk that in under two years, 20% of Spanish GDP will simply pick up and leave.
- *CATALAN PRO-INDEPENDENCE PARTIES WIN MAJORITY, EXIT POLL SHOWS
- *CIU WINS 54-57 OF 135 SEATS IN CATALAN VOTE, EXIT POLL SHOWS (Separatist)
- *ERC HAS 20-23 SEATS IN EXIT POLL BY TV3 (Separatist)
- *ICV, which backs referendum, wins 10-12
- *CUP, which backs independence, wins 5-6
- *PP HAS 16-18 SEATS IN CATALAN EXIT POLL
- *SOCIALISTS HAVE 16-18 SEATS IN CATALAN EXIT POLL
Oct 29, 2012
Many people in Catalonia, a province known as “the factory of Spain,” feel that the rest of the country has become an economic millstone. They’re pushing for an independent Catalonia. WSJ’s Matt Moffett reports from Barcelona.
Less than a week after a New Orleans suburbanite petitioned the White House to allow Louisiana to secede from the United States, petitions from seven states have collected enough signatures to trigger a promised review from the Obama administration.
By 6:00 a.m. EST Wednesday, more than 675,000 digital signatures appeared on 69 separate secession petitions covering all 50 states, according to a Daily Caller analysis of requests lodged with the White House’s “We the People” online petition system.
A petition from Vermont, where talk of secession is a regular feature of political life, was the final entry.
Petitions from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas residents have accrued at least 25,000 signatures, the number the Obama administration says it will reward with a staff review of online proposals. (RELATED: Will Texas secede? Petition triggers White House review)
MAP of U.S.States petitioning for secession:
Ron Holland: Yes. I would prefer to end on an optimistic note. Do you realize secession fever is now sweeping Europe because of the EU problems and sovereign debt crisis? The establishment press is full of news accounts about secession fever sweeping Europe and this is a positive political development. It is time for the restoration of formerly independent countries with their own unique cultural and ethnic heritage that were forced at gunpoint into larger empire states.
Venice desires to be independent again from Italy, Catalonia demands out of Spain, Bavaria wants the restoration of independence from Germany. Greece, Italy, Ireland, Spain and Portugal may have to leave the European Union and restore their national currencies in order to grow their economies again. Add to this Scotland cutting ties with the United Kingdom, the current split of Belgium into Flemish and Walloon entities and numerous independence movements growing across the West, even in the United States and Quebec in Canada. Even the United States, the most debt-ridden empire in world history, has multiple secession/independence movements, including one in Vermont and in the Southern states.
This is a positive development for Europe as nations become smaller and more localized around historic boundaries and cultural beliefs. Smaller nations and withdrawal from the European Union is just what Europe needs to get its economic house back in order. This is a far more important development than who will be president of the United States or the latest manufactured statistics or central bank proclamation. Again, we live in exciting and interesting times.
And Now Eygpt? CHAOS IN CAIRO — AGAIN — CHAOS IN CAIRO — AGAIN — Clashes Rignite Between Protesters, Security Forces In Egypt
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood called for protests across the country on Sunday to support President Mohammed Mursi, while the country’s judges urged for a nationwide strike against a decree they saw as granting Mursi new, extensive powers.
The Brotherhood’s protest requests came as Egypt’s Judges Club, a body that represents judges throughout the country, called for “the suspension of work in all courts and prosecution administrations,” after several hours of emergency talks in response to what they called Mursi’s “ferocious attack on Egyptian justice.”
On the ground, clashes erupted outside the High Court between supporters and opponents of Mursi’s new constitutional declaration while the Judges Club held an hours-long emergency meeting inside.
“Some supporters of the declaration shot off fireworks at the gates of the court, and police fired teargas at protesters after they attempted to storm the building,” reported Egypt Independent.
Protesters favoring the declaration started chanting “the people demand the execution of Abdel Maguid,” according to the newspaper, in reference to former Prosecutor General Mahmoud Abdel Meguid, who was sacked after Mursi’s new declaration and was attending the meeting inside.