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jeudi 5 octobre 2017

THE WASHINGTON POST

    El 'Washington Post' señala la "sorprendente lección" que el mundo debe aprender de Cataluña                                                          
The ultimate test of political maturity is resolving conflicts without violence. Spain failed that test.
Ironically, polls ahead of the referendum and previous votes showed most Catalans did not favor independence. A July poll showed 41 percent in favor, 49 percent opposed.  Most did support their right to vote on the issue.
Spain should have highlighted the ways Catalonia benefits from being part of Spain — and it still should. It should also discuss ways to address the region’s grievances.

The referendum, incidentally, produced the expected landslide “Yes” for independence. But the turnout was well below 50 percent, so most Catalans have not given their support.
For his part, Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont says he’s not looking for a traumatic exit and is now calling for international mediation.
He seems to be offering Madrid a chance to correct its mistake. The world should keep watching and learning from Spain’s grievous error.                

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