Catalan Independence Push Opens Divisions in Mas’s Party

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Artur Mas (Bloomberg)

Mas’s decision to plow ahead with preparations for a Catalan state in defiance of the Spanish government is creating tensions between Convergencia and Unio, the two parties that form his CiU movement. Unio’s Ramon Espadaler, home affairs chief in the regional government, said he opposes a unilateral declaration of independence and Mas, who leads Convergencia, shouldn’t make any moves without the approval of national authorities in Madrid.

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