Catalonia’s ruling coalition has vowed to declare independence “immediately” if a majority of voters back it in an October referendum.Secessionists in the north-east region have long argued that it should break away from Spain. Catalonia is one of Spain’s richestregions, both culturally and industrially. It also boasts its own distinct language – Catalan – and centuries-old customs.
Until recently, there was little support for full independence – but Spain’s painful economic crunch has prompted an upswing. BBC
The Government of Catalonia]or Generalitat de Catalunya is the institution under which the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain is politically organised. It consists of the Parliament of Catalonia, the President of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Government of Catalonia.
It was controlled in the 70s 80s 90’s till 2003 by Jordi Pujol
Here’s his Speech at the Knesset Jerusalem, October 28, 2003
I come from a family at first rather sympathetic with the Jews, but not especially interested. However, there was something that increased, by reaction, the pro-Jewish attitude, and was that the Franco regime was anti-Jewish. And oddly enough, he mixed Judaism with Catalanism. In times of great Francoist exaltation and xenophobia of Spain, we were accused of being the Jews of Spain But as I said, I did not come into contact with Judaism alone. Also, and in a certain sense above all with Zionism. And not in a superficial way. At only 17-18 years old I read Herzl’s “Der Judenstaat” and a very comprehensive book by Chaïm Weizmann, which tells the whole Zionist struggle…………
His successor was Artur Mas He believes that Israel is a strategic country for Catalonia and we want to continue strengthening our cooperation”
The President of President of the Generalitat of Catalonia is Carles Piugdemont
The joker in the pack is a 59 year old named Alfons Lopez Tena
In 2015 he had completely changed his mind Catalonia’s independence quest ‘wishful thinking’,