World Bulletin / News Desk
An opinion poll in Spain has shown that half of Spanish citizens believe that the local authorities in Catalonia will defy the Madrid-based government and go ahead with a planned independence referendum later this year.
While the poll, which was published in Spain's El Mundo newspaper on Monday shows that 50% believe the vote will go ahead, 46.4% likewise believe that Catalonia should have its powers of regional self-government taken away if it does.
Spain is comprised of 17 semi-autonomous regions known as comunidades autónomas, but the Madrid-based central government withholds the right to strip any region of this power if it is found that it is not fulfilling its constitutional obligations or acts contrary to Spanish interests.
7.5 million Catalonians look set to vote in favor of independence later this years despite firm dissaproval from Spain's Constitutional Court.
It is feared that the referendum may spark similar separatist referendums in other regions including the southern region of Andalus, which suffers from high rates of unemployment.
Separatist movements have grown increasingly popular in Spain since the eurozone economic crisis left the country with the highest unemployment rates in Europe and severe austerity measures.Last Mod: 21 Nisan 2014, 13:03