Catalonia independence vote

Catalonia is the richest region in Spain, and the most highly industrialized too. The region makes up about 16 percent of Spain’s population and accounts for 20 percent of the Spanish national economy. For “independistas,” the fight for freedom has been a three-century project. Today, Catalonia enjoys a broader degree of financial control over its regional finances than most other parts of Spain. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has condemned the vote as illegal. EU officials say that they won’t mediate the clash between Spain and Catalonia, calling it an internal matter. Continue reading →

Juncker’s uni-vision for Europe

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker laid out his vision for a more unified and politically-accountable European Union after Brexit, which would combine the presidencies of the Commission and the Council. Juncker called for a special summit to be held in Romania after the U.K. leaves the EU at the end of March 2019, where leaders would transform EU governance by combining the top two presidencies into a single post, to be filled through an election campaign.  Continue reading →