Catalan Independence Unlikely Despite Separatist Parties’ Gains

A pro-independence flag is waved at a rally with Catalan President Artur Mas, Barcelona, Spain, Sept. 27, 2015 (AP photo by Manu Fernandez).
A pro-independence flag is waved at a rally with Catalan President Artur Mas, Barcelona, Spain, Sept. 27, 2015 (AP photo by Manu Fernandez).
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Late last month, the pro-independence alliance Junts Pel Si, or Together For Yes, came in first place in regional elections in Catalonia, winning nearly 40 percent of the vote and 62 seats in the regional parliament. The other pro-independence party, Popular Unity Candidacy, known by its Catalan acronym, CUP, won 10 seats—a strong showing for the Catalan independence movement, but not enough for the pro-independence parties to win an overall majority of the votes, as they came in just shy with 48 percent. However, if Junts Pel Si and CUP form a coalition, they will have a majority of seats […]

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