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William Chislett

The Independence Crisis in Catalonia

William Chislett

Sunday, 18 March 2018

2:00pm

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Seminar Room

£7 - £12.50

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Journalist and author William Chislett looks at Catalonia’s unilateral declaration of independence and the recent regional elections and asks whether it is possible to accommodate both the pro-and anti-independence camps?

Catalonia’s unconstitutional referendum and the regional parliament’s subsequent unilateral declaration of independence brought the secessionist cause into the international spotlight. The central government in Madrid imposed direct rule, dissolving the government and calling a snap election in Catalonia in December. The judiciary jailed some of the separatist leaders and the ousted Catalan President Carles Puigdemont fled to Belgium. The pro-independence parties won another narrow majority in the Catalan parliament on less than 50% of the vote, re-igniting their cause. How did this extraordinary chain of events come about?  And what are the chances for a negotiated outcome to Spain’s most serious crisis since the failed coup in 1981?

Chislett, a former foreign correspondent for The Times in Madrid and the Financial Times in Mexico, lives in Spain and writes about the country for the Real Instituto Elcano. He is author of Spain: What Everyone Needs to Know.

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