What’s Next for Catalonia?

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont signs the Catalan declaration of independence in Barcelona on Tuesday. [image: The Atlantic]

On Tuesday, Catalan President Carles Puigemont and majority regional parliamentarians declared independence from Spain – then suspended it to pursue dialogue with Madrid.

The document signed said in part:

“We establish the Catalan Republic as an independent and sovereign, legal, democratic and social state.”

“Catalonia restores today its full sovereignty, lost and longed for, after decades of trying, honestly and loyally, institutional coexistence with the people of the Iberian Peninsula.”

“In spite of the violence and the repression to try to prevent a democratic and peaceful process, the citizens of Catalonia have voted mostly in favor of the constitution of the Catalan Republic.”

“The constitution of the Catalan Republic is based on the need to protect the freedom, security and coexistence of all citizens of Catalonia and to move towards a state

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