Rajoy Calls Regional Elections for December 21: Will Anyone Show Up?

This afternoon, Rajoy fired the whole Catalan government and called elections on December 21. But who will man the voting booths? Here's a bonus question: What if they do hold elections and pro-independence factions win again?

In a televised statement, Rajoy called regional elections for Dec. 21 in a bid to draw a line under weeks of upheaval in the country’s biggest regional economy that saw hundreds of businesses shift their domicile to other parts of Spain to escape the turmoil. He also fired a police chief from the regional force, shut down most of the Catalan government’s diplomatic service and eliminated the offices of president and vice president. Rajoy created a special department in Madrid to oversee the measures. European Union President Donald Tusk said on Twitter that nothing has changed in policy toward Catalonia and Spain "remains our only interlocutor." He said he hoped the Spanish government "favors force of argument, not argument of force.”

Force of Argument not Argument of Force

I like that expression. The force of argument is the right of self determination. Moreover, Catalonia has spoken, twice.

Prior to the declaration of independence, and after the vote I commented Dear Spain, Mainstream Media: A Majority of Catalans Want Independence (Stop Saying Otherwise).

If you disagree, rebut what I said,

Bloomberg had an interesting headline title calling the pro-independence faction "rebels". The real rebels are Mariano Rajoy and his thugs.

Will Rajoy send in the troops?

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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ttffrun
ttffrun

@Cassiopeia , yes it will messy and that will a choice Catalonians need to make. I believe they have made themselves heard, what is left is to walk the talk.

Cassiopeia
Cassiopeia

@ttffrun, I don't think anyone wants to even go there. Right now who knows if moving domiciles was a good move or not. You can move the domicile but not the factory, at least not immediately. If pro-independence parties win the election and the push for independence continues (if it gets a clear majority in the coming election), companies could find themselves in a position where their goods would be outside the EU whether they moved the domicile or not. I guess they would probably push for a trade agreement with Spain even before trying to get into the EU. It would be a big mess, but the whole Catalan question is messy, and turmoil is bad for honest business.

ttffrun
ttffrun

Although I don't favour penalising business which changes their domicile to escape the turmoil, I think the businesses that stay back needs to be recognised for their solidarity with the people.

Cassiopeia
Cassiopeia

The most important pro-independence parties (ERC and PdeCat) have said they will run in the election. So far, only the so-called "anti-capitalist" CUP seem to be leaning toward a boycott. They currently have 10 seats out of 135 in Parliament and they were kingmakers the last time around. The pro-indepence parties would not have had a majority of seats if they had not allied with CUP. These are the ones who started calling Puigdemont a traitor when he had all but decided to call a snap election, which caused him to back down. It's hard to say what will happen, since things could get very dicey in the weeks before the election. Many Catalans are mad at Puigdemont and his troupe, but that does not mean they love Madrid. The whole world should root for a clean election with high turnout.

dilbert
dilbert

"If you disagree, rebut what I said,". But Mish, several people has already rebutted you. It's YOU who don't enter the debate arena and keep repeating "Catalonia has spoken". But with the repetitions this wont become true.