Irish Times. Rajoy rejects Catalan call for greater autonomy. 21.09.2012
Rajoy rejects Catalan call for greater autonomy
A MUCH-AWAITED meeting between the leader of Catalonia and the Spanish prime minister on financing issues yesterday failed to produce an agreement, putting further pressure on the already fraught relations between Madrid and the northeastern region.
Catalan premier Artur Mas said afterwards that talks with prime minister Mariano Rajoy over whether the region should receive greater autonomy in areas such as taxes “did not go well”. Mr Rajoy, he said, had refused to consider his proposal. “An historic opportunity in the understanding between Catalonia and the rest of Spain has been missed,” Mr Mas said.
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