Spain moves to dismiss Catalonia’s secessionist government

THE hesitation is over. On October 21st Mariano Rajoy (pictured, left), Spain’s prime minister, announced that his government will ask the Senate to give it powers to dismiss the administration in Catalonia and to call a regional election there within six months. Whether this leads to a solution to the six-week stand-off over Catalan independence, or to an intensification of Spain’s constitutional crisis, depends on how much resistance the government will now face in one of the country’s most important regions.

Mr Rajoy acted after Carles Puigdemont (pictured, right), the president of Catalonia’s devolved administration, refused a formal request to clarify or revoke an ambiguous declaration of independence which he made and then “suspended” on October 10th. The government has opted to activate Article 155 of the 1978 constitution, which gives it the power to compel a region to obey the law but has never before been used. The Senate is expected to approve the…

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Source:: The Economits – Europe

Spain moves to dismiss Catalonia’s secessionist government

THE hesitation is over. On October 21st Mariano Rajoy (pictured, left), Spain’s prime minister, announced that his government will ask the Senate to give it powers to dismiss the administration in Catalonia and to call a regional election there within six months. Whether this leads to a solution to the six-week stand-off over Catalan independence, or to an intensification of Spain’s constitutional crisis, depends on how much resistance the government will now face in one of the country’s most important regions.

Mr Rajoy acted after Carles Puigdemont (pictured, right), the president of Catalonia’s devolved administration, refused a formal request to clarify or revoke an ambiguous declaration of independence which he made and then “suspended” on October 10th. The government has opted to activate Article 155 of the 1978 constitution, which gives it the power to compel a region to obey the law but has never before been used. The Senate is expected to approve…

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Source:: The Economits – Europe

California billionaire launches ads urging Trump impeachment

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California billionaire Tom Steyer announced Friday that he will dump at least $10 million into a national television advertising campaign calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.

In the ad, Steyer argues Trump should be ousted from office because he has edged the country toward nuclear war, obstructed justice at the FBI and threatened to shut down news organizations he does not like. He urges viewers to call their members of Congress and tell them to bring articles of impeachment.

“People in Congress and his own administration know this president is a clear and present danger who is mentally unstable and armed with nuclear weapons,” Steyer says in the ad. “And they do nothing.”

Steyer plans to spend eight figures to air the television ads nationally, but he would not give an exact amount. His investment comes as he considers running against U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a fellow Democrat, and as Democrats in Washington argue over whether efforts to impeach Trump are smart or worthwhile.

“If Democrats want to appease the far left and their liberal mega-donors by supporting a baseless, radical effort that the vast majority of Americans disagree with, then have at it,” said Michael Ahrens, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee.

Republicans will focus on “issues voters actually care about,” such as the economy and cutting taxes, he said.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Steyer also said he will spend seven figures on an accompanying digital ad campaign.

An impeachment resolution brought last week by Democratic U.S. Rep. Al Green of Texas died before coming up for a vote. Green has vowed to try again.

But Democrats such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California think impeachment attempts are not worthwhile because they will fail in the Republican-led Congress and could energize …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World

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