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After Scotland Catalonia on the Way for Referendum
Sep 30, 2014

Although Scotland decided against seceding from the 307-year-old union with the United Kingdom last week, the impact is being felt at other parts of Europe. 

The president of Catalonia, Spain's powerful northern region, formally gave call for a referendum to negotiate for independence. On other hand, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the referendum planned for November 9 is illegal and it wouldn't go ahead. 

Artur Mas, president of Catalonia penned the decree to call for the referendum at the regional headquarters in the national capital. Most of Catalonia's leaders who support the referendum were present on the occasion. Mas said, like all the nations of the world, Catalonia has the right to decide its political future.

Pro-independence sentiments have strengthened in Catalonia in recent years, fuelled by a sense that the region deserves better fiscal and political fortunes. 

The Spanish constitution doesn't permit referendums on sovereignty that doesn't include all Spaniards, and experts feel its Constitutional Court would rule the referendum illegal.  

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