Around this weeks I have realized that the international perspective taken in the scenario of Catalonia is really confusing. I would like to remark these ideas to help you with my personal opinion due to the regional elections that had taken place:
1. Spain is one of the oldest democracies in the Western Europe. Spanish and Catalan (Spanish citizens located in the regional area of Catalonia) citizens vote frequently. We had recently lived 6 elections´ times in the last five years due to the feature of those elections (European, national, regional and municipal regimes).
2. Across the Spanish history, the region of Catalonia has never existed as an independent political entity. Catalonia was in fact part of the Kingdom of Aragon. This kingdom merged dynastically and officially with the Kingdom of Castile in 1492 due to a royal marriage which has created and configured Spain we know today.
3. As the history has shown, Catalonia is not an oppressed region, not now and not in the past.
4. The regional party that traditionally ran the regional government of Catalonia has public money to promote a separatist movement which in fact has made those separatists richer and wealthier than Catalan population. Most of this money is in regions such as Andorra where taxation laws are less restrictive than in Spain.
5. Spain is parliamentary democracy, with a constitution that can be amended.
6. A vote on territorial secession would require such amendment and the support of a qualified majority of Spaniards. It is one of the most prosperous regions in Spain and its citizens enjoy a high standard of living and one of the highest degrees of self-rule of any region in Europe.
7. Catalonia proposal has no international strength. There is no single country or international organization has supported this movement.
8. In the last regional election, pro-secession parties decided to unite around the reinforcement of independence. They had only failed to win a majority of the vote in the regional parliament and they also had lost votes relative to the prior election.
Breaking Spanish and regional laws have provoked a regional campaign to blame the central Spanish government for not allowing a regional referendum which does not comply with the constitution.