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Questions tagged [spain]

Questions relating to the government or politics of the Kingdom of Spain

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Why is the status of Gibraltar considered disputed (by some)?

It is stated in this article that: Spain ceded Gibraltar to Britain in perpetuity in the treaty of Utrecht in 1713. This point of view appears to be UK policy, as in: ... the prime minster’s ...
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Why does Spain's government want to increase the minimum wage by such a large percentage at once?

According to the BBC, Spain wants to increase the minimum wage by more than 20%: Spain's minimum wage will jump by 22% in 2019 - the largest annual increase in more than 40 years. It means ...
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Could Gibraltar become an independent country, under the Queen?

The treaty of Utrecht specifies that if Britain wants to get rid of Gibraltar, Spain gets first dibs. "And in case it shall hereafter seem meet to the Crown of Great Britain to grant, sell or by any ...
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Can the prime minister resign during a no-confidence vote?

On May 31 and June 1, there will be a no-confidence vote on the Spanish Parliament against the current prime minister Mariano Rajoy. It was registered by PSOE, currently the biggest party in the ...
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What are the main reasons for capping interest rates in Spain?

Romanian Parliament is trying to adopt a law to cap the interest rates for all loans: According to the form adopted by the Senate’s committees, the annual effective interest rate, also known as ...
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Is there a reason that might prevent Carles Puigdemont's extradition to Spain?

According to this article, former Catalan President has just been detained in Germany: Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has left Finland before the country's police could arrest him in ...
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What is the difference between the Guardia Civil and the Policia Nacional in Spain?

It seems that in Spain there are two separate police forces under the authority of Madrid: the Guardia Civil and the Policia Nacional. Why is that? And what is the difference between the two?
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Why does Spain have such a low paid leave available to mothers?

A friend of mine who is an MD in Spain told me that paid leave is small in Spain (16 weeks, check column Total paid leave available to mothers within the table at page 3) as compared to virtually all ...
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Is it normal for a democracy to prosecute secessionist leaders for rebellion?

As someone raised largely in the US, it would seem through my rose-colored glasses that revolution is a basic right of the citizens of any democracy. The Declaration of Independence, one of the two ...
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How can the Catalan leaders be accused for rebellion if no violence has taken place?

As BBC explains in Catalan independence: Spain prosecutor calls for rebellion case: Spain's chief prosecutor has called for charges including rebellion to be laid against Catalan leaders following ...
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What disadvantages are there for a region in declaring independence, if that declaration is not widely recognised

Today Catalonia declared independence from Spain. The European Union and the United States have stated they will only deal with Spain, meaning they do not recognize Catalonia as a country. Which ...
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Why is there a problem in Spain in the first place? [duplicate]

As far as I understand (source: discussions with Spaniards) there is no provision in Spain's law (including the constitution) for the declaration of independence of a province. Why therefore is there ...
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Can Rajoy repeat the Catalan election multiple times?

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has announced Madrid’s decision to dismiss Catalonia's separatist government and hold fresh elections in the region in a bid to prevent Catalan leaders from ...
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Why are Spanish parties imposing new elections in Catalonia?

Mariano Rajoy, the president of the government of Spain, said in Twitter: We ask the Senate to remove the president from Generalitat [Catalan government] and its Govern Board in order to protect ...
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Can catalans lose EU/Spanish citizenship if Catalonia is independence? [closed]

I was reading the answers of What's will be like a viable and legal roadmap to Catalonian independence? and one of them says: -If the vote to leave is over 50%, then the process for creating a ...
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What does “direct Spanish rule over Catalonia” actually mean?

According to the Independent: Spain has announced it will impose direct rule over Catalonia, after the region's leaders failed to meet a deadline to withdraw a declaration of independence. ...
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A Spanish judge has jailed two key members of the Catalan independence movement. Have others been ever accused and convicted for sedition?

As of 16th October 2017, A Spanish judge has jailed two key members of the Catalan independence movement. As the BBC news reports: Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart, who lead prominent separatist ...
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What are the real cost for companies leaving Catalonia?

The last weeks there was problems and lots of discussions between the Catalan and Spanish governments. There was a referendum that the Catalan government accepts but the Spanish one doesn't and the ...
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What is the position of the main Spanish Catalonia independence movements on French Catalonia?

The geographic area of Catalonia is not limited to Spain but extends to France, corresponding roughly to the French department of Pyrénées-Orientales. This area is referred as Northern Catalonia. ...
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Would a Catalan secession from Spain spark whole new borders in Europe? [closed]

If the Catalan government decides to call for independence later today, would the EU have to recognize Catalonia as an independent country? The U.K. can't veto this decision because of Brexit, and no ...
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What is the opinion of non-Catalan Spanish citizens regarding the use of force to subdue the Catalan independence?

Recently there have been a lot of news regarding the police involvement in the Catalan independence referendum, where 2 people were seriously injured. Have there been any polls in "mainland" Spain ...
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What could Spain do legally if Cataluña proclaims independence?

It seems there will be a unilateral proclamation. I don’t think Spain will accept this. Can Spain avoid this politically? Stating the referendum was illegal seems to have been ineffective. Is it ...
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How many people were seriously injured during the Catalan independence referendum? [closed]

There are currently a lot of quotes about "hundreds of injured people" during the Catalan independence referendum but they all come from a potentially biased source, (Catalan government), and don't ...
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Why do some Catalans want to become independent?

Why do some Catalans want to become independent? What has changed recently to increase their desire to be independent? I'd like to understand this situation, as I am currently completely ignorant ...
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Why bother stopping people from voting? [duplicate]

In Operation Anubis, the Spanish police attempted in various ways to stop the Catalan independence referendum, 2017 from taking place. I don't understand why the bother. The Spanish constitutional ...
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In what way is the Catalan referendum illegal, rather than inconsequential, under Spanish law?

What is the Spanish government's stated justification for today (2017-10-01)'s police actions? I understand how the referendum is illegitimate (as in, meaningless) under Spanish law, but I don't ...
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Why would Madrid be so insistent on preventing the Catalonian independence referendum?

On the day of the Catalonian independence referendum, there were plenty of reports about Madrid's efforts to prevent the referendum from taking place, including large number of police shooting rubber ...
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What proportion of the electorate in Catalonia speaks Catalan natively?

What proportion of electors in Catalonia (those with the right to vote in the referendum) speak Catalan, Spanish or another language as their mother tongue? The statistics I've found on mother tongue ...
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Would Article 5 of NATO apply in case Catalonia attempts to secede from Spain by force?

For many years now Catalonia has been attempting to peacefully secede from Spain through a binding referendum. However the Spanish authorities are constantly undermining their efforts by not accepting ...
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What are plausible possible outcomes after the Catalan referendum? [duplicate]

The Wikipedia page on the Catalan independence referendum couldn't be more confusing if it was written in hieroglyphics. In the aftermath of the referendum, what are the plausible and likely possible ...
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If the independence vote in Catalunya is successful. What are the possible outcomes?

The autonomous parliament of Catalunya is about to hold a referendum to secede from Spain. Given that Catalunya has their own police force. What are the possible outcomes if the Catalan people vote ...
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How can the monarchy in Spain disappear?

At the moment, there is a monarchy in Spain for long time. Before was more important and relevant but nowadays it seems only as a figure that does not have such a relevance What are the possibilities ...
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Can Catalonia enter the EU after its independence from Spain?

Catalonia is a region of Spain with a big part of the population that wants to be independent from Spain and form its own nation I know that if that happens, at the beginning Catalonia as a nation ...
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Would the Spanish People's Party have the capacity to veto Scotland's entry to the EU while governing in minority?

In the UK, the issue of Scottish independence has again become topical, as the Scottish National Party (SNP) have recently published a draft referendum bill (on the 20th of October 2016). One ...
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Was it illegal for Spain to declare the Catalan independence referendum illegal?

Spain declared the independence referendum of Catalonia illegal. At the time this was reported I was shocked that nobody objected to the Spanish Government's declaration. Even now (two years later), ...
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What are the main policy differences between Spain and (hoped-for) Catalonia?

What are the main policy differences between Spain (as exemplified by current government in power) and Catalonia (assuming it obtained its independence/sovereignity right now, and regional government ...
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Why do the Spanish government not organize a national referendum for Catalonia independence?

The reason the Spanish government was not willing to allow Catalonia to handle any referendum is because a Spanish province is not allowed to single handedly secede, such decisions should be taken by ...