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Tuesday, 24 july 2012 | Financial Times


Recommended article: "Madrid in duel with regions for aid" by David Gardner

We want to recommend the article "Madrid in duel with regions for aid" by David Gardner published in the Financial Times.

Some excerpts:
The liquidity problem is rapidly turning into a political duel between Madrid and the most assertive regions, such as Catalonia.
This is partly because Mr Rajoy is reserving the breathing space agreed by Brussels for Spain to reduce its deficit entirely for central government, imposing more stringent targets on the regions.
(...) Between six and eight of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions may seek emergency aid, according to analysts and press reports. These devolved governments were set up after the death of the dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, primarily to meet the national and cultural demands of Basques and Catalans, but then spread to the rest of Spain to mollify Spanish nationalists fearful for the unity of Spain.

(...) “In my view they do have an agenda to recentralise, and replicating the EU mechanism internally gives it a sort of legitimacy,” says Heribert Padrol, who advises Catalan premier Artur Mas on the region’s plans for greater fiscal autonomy. 
“If there is anyone who believes the problem is Spain’s territorial structure they haven’t understood anything,” Andreu Mas Colell, a former Harvard economics professor and now the Catalan government finance chief, told the FT. “We are being treated as subjects not partners,” he said after a bruising meeting with Mr Montoro.
(...) In the future, Mr Mas Colell says, Catalonia should have the same right (than the Basque Country) to raise taxes and contribute less than the €16bn, or 9 per cent of regional GDP, it sends to Madrid each year.

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