11 Nov, 2016 @ 09:05
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Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy prioritises Catalan issue during new term in office

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Mariano-Rajoy-490x264PRIME Minister Mariano Rajoy is prioritising the Catalan issue during his second term in office.

Rajoy, who was sworn in last week after 11 months of political impasse, has put deputy Soraya Saenz de Santamaria in charge of the government’s strategy to fight Catalan independence.

Santamaria this week called vice-president of the Catalan generalitat Oriol Junqueras as Madrid seeks to build bridges with the region.

“The objective of the first Rajoy government in the first legislature was economic, to save Spain from the recession and avoid an EU bailout,” said Santamaria.

“Now it has a more political and territorial objective.”

“My goal will be to try to shorten the distances that separate us and strengthen the bonds that can keep us together.”

She added: “We are going to have to talk a lot in this legislature.”

In recent years, the relationship between Congress and Catalunya has been frosty, with

Spain’s constitutional court suspending the region’s independence roadmap in August.
Madrid had accused Catalunya officials of violating the constitution by allowing a vote on independence.

Joe Duggan (Reporter)

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  1. She added: ‘We are going to have to talk a lot in this legislature.’

    Talking is what the Spanish are world leaders in. However, the problem is nobody ever listens.
    Have you ever watched a group of Spanish people having a conversation? I have a friend who labeled them well, ‘Talking machines’…

  2. A free Catalunya after nearly 3 centuries of Spanish bullying = a destitute Spain, especially when the Euskadi take the same route to freedom. The Inquistion was introduced into Spain as a way to grab Euskadi lands and assets.

  3. Catalonia is a part of Spain, so she can´t be bullied for Spain.

    The same can be said about the Basque Country that, in the times in wich the Inquisition, was introduced It was an remarkabily poor and isolated region.

    The economical rise of the Basque Country is an outcome of the industiral revolution motivated by the fact that in this region there were deposists of iron ore. This process began in the aftermath of the XIX. A time in wich the Inquisition had been forbiden. And of the people killed by order of the incisition, I don´t know any one case from the Basque Country.

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