Catalan Tax Rebels Dig In for Battle to Escape From Spain

Catalan MonitorBloomberg

Artur Mas (Bloomberg)

A doctor, a graphic designer and a lawyer from Catalonia are road-testing a mechanism for paying taxes that could give the regional president, Artur Mas, a decisive weapon in his campaign to force independence from Spain.

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Catalan Independence Push Opens Divisions in Mas’s Party

Catalan MonitorBloomberg

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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Catalan Leader Calls Early Vote in Push for Independence

Catalan MonitorBloomberg

Artur Mas (Bloomberg)

Mas reached an agreement with his separatist rival, Esquerra Republicana leader Oriol Junqueras, to run separate tickets, but with a common road map toward secession, making it a de facto referendum on secession.

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