The 2015 election in Catalonia has provided a clear mandate for the pro-secessionist movement but, argues Marc Sanjaume, there is no obvious institutional means to deliver it.
The results of the Catalan elections bear a close resemblance to Wittgenstein’s “Philosophical Investigations” duck-rabbit. That is they can be read simultaneously as a victory leading to a fast-track secessionist plan or as a defeat that would abort any attempt to pursue any pro-sovereignty step in Catalonia.
The Catalan people have delivered their verdict but, says Prof Josep Valles, creating political space to translate that into meaningful action will prove difficult.
The forthcoming election in Catalonia will see pro-independence parties and civil society groups join forces under a banner of declaring independence if they secure a majority. Their mandate for doing so is contested by Spain and, says Daniel Cetra, that makes the exercise very different from the Scottish experience.