Catalonia takes election gamble to keep independence drive alive

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Catalonian leaders are hoping that a regional election in September will keep alive a fading independence drive and force the hand of Spain’s central government – but the move could also backfire. With a general election due in Spain by the end of the year, the Catalan parliamentary vote, called this week by regional President Artur Mas for 27 September, should force the issue to the fore of the national campaigns

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