El Pais. Rajoy mulls financial deal to ease Catalonia stranglehold. 31.03.2013
Rajoy mulls financial deal to ease Catalonia stranglehold
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is weighing whether to put a brake on the Catalan sovereignty movement by offering Artur Mas a new model of financing to ameliorate the region’s economic asphyxiation, but at the risk of causing a rift within his own party.
The impasse over a so-called fiscal pact for Catalonia led to a snap election last November in which Mas hoped to win an “overwhelming majority” for independence. That majority was not forthcoming forcing Mas’s CiU into a ruling partnership with the leftist-nationalists of ERC. Now the Popular Party (PP), through the head of its Catalan branch, Alicia Sánchez-Camacho, has called on CiU to break with ERC in exchange for Madrid easing spending control over the region.
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