MADRID’S Constitutional Court has given new powers of self-rule to the Catalonia region.
The court has declared that Catalonia can now call itself a ‘nation.’
It insisted that the word carries no legal value, but instead should be understood as a historical and cultural term.
One of the most contentious requests, however – that Catalan be recognised over Spanish as the ‘preferred language’ – was not approved.
In response to this, local politicians have called for a day of protests on July 10.
Catalan, which was banned by General Franco in the 1940s, is now the main language taught in the region’s schools.
Castilian Spanish can only be taught up to four hours per week in Catalonia.
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