Catalan president Artur Mas and his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy have finally agreed to meet later this month, according to the Catalan News Agency. Although both parties had claimed in the past that they were open to a meet-up, “none of them was taking the formal steps to arrange a meeting”. Artur Mas demands that a vote on independence be allowed, since there is a parliamentary majority of those parties which had the referendum on their manifestos, and says that any change to on plans must have the agreement of those Catalan parties which support the referendum: CiU, ERC, ICV-EUiA and CUP.
Also, Artur Mas didn’t hide his preference for a Yes won on the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence at a recent interview with Bloomberg. Mas said that “if independence goes on, they will have to negotiate with the EU, and that would be useful for Catalonia.”
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Along with the desire to take control of its economic destiny, Mas said his region’s claim for nationhood is based on 1,000 years of cultural tradition that includes the Catalan language and a groundswell of popular support. While polls show a majority of Catalans want the right to decide their own future, he said it isn’t clear whether most would also opt for independence, so he needs to hold the November “consultation” vote to find out.