CS Monitor. Madrid, Catalonia play down secret talks on independence. 03.04.2013
Madrid, Catalonia play down secret talks on independence
The Spanish prime minister and Catalonia’s regional leader met secretly last week to discuss improving Catalonia’s fiscal deal with Madrid in exchange for easing off its independence bid.
Spain’s central government and its secessionist-minded economic motor Catalonia hardened their positions Wednesday after a discreet attempt to renegotiate the region’s fiscal deal with Madridwent nowhere.
It emerged last week that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoyand Catalonian regional leader Artur Mas recently met to discuss the possibility of restructuring Catalonia’s fiscal pact with Madrid – enabling the state to send less of its GDP to the federal government and ease its own recession woes – in exchange for the state dropping its plans to pursue a referendum on Catalonian independence.
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