Catalan Business Comes Out

Catalan MonitorThe Wall Street Journal

Catalan Business Comes Out

Some surveys suggest Catalan business executives are more wary of secession than the general population. A survey published in July by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP found just over a quarter favored a referendum on independence, while more than half favored some kind of negotiated solution to keep Spain together.

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Spain’s Catalonia seeks own tax system

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Spain’s Catalonia seeks own tax system (PressTV)

The government of Catalan President Artur Mas has enlisted a former Spanish tax inspector, Joan Iglesias, to prepare the administration to collect its own taxes. Iglesias said on Friday that the Catalan tax authority could collect about €100 billion (USD113 billion) in taxes a year, more than the €65 billion (USD72 billion) needed for an independent Catalan state.

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Catalan Tax Rebels Dig In for Battle to Escape From Spain

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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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Better off on their own? Economic aspects of regional autonomy and independence movements in Europe

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Europe – autonomy movements focused in prosperous regions (DB Research)

It is striking that there are very persistent regional income disparities within the countries examined. Most of the regions that have a high per capita income in relation to the rest of the country have ranked at the top or at least near the top of the standings for decades. This aspect might have reduced acceptance of the idea of horizontal redistribution between regions.

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Deutsche Bank says that tax pillaging feeds independence

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Deutsche Bank says that tax pillaging feeds independence (Vilaweb)

In a report (pdf) published this week, Deutsche Bank criticises the share-out of wealth among the territories of the Spanish state. It highlights the Catalan process towards independence and explains that the poor distribution of resources is one of the principal causes of it, in addition to the political reasons.

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Report finds future Catalan state solvent

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A report from the Col·legi d’Economistes de Catalunya concludes that an independent Catalonia would move up the international ranking to an A+ rating, with a strong capacity to meet financial commitments.

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ERC extends a hand, for now

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Catalonia Today

The passage of the Generalitat’s budget for 2015 could go ahead thanks to a gesture of support from ERC, which this newspaper reported on Saturday, after an internal debate to find a way to prioritise the social axis of consensus defended by the republicans and maintain the forward momentum of the sovereignty process.

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Scottish vote puts Catalonia in the spotlight

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

As Scotland’s referendum of independence from the United Kingdom approaches, and following last week’s Catalan demonstration in Barcelona, more and more international media outlets are turning their attention to the political process … Read More

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Catalonia, Sweden and Norway

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

Josep Huguet, former minister of the Government of Catalonia, published an article analysing the notion of fiscal solidarity in Catalonia and drew a comparison with the EU, arguing that “why should Catalonia remain … Read More

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

Spanish media are overwhelmingly not only anti-independence but anti-referendum as well. A recent study by news watchdog Media.cat found out recently that the four biggest Madrid-based papers (El País, El … Read More

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