The Basque way is not the Catalan way


Catalonian regional president Artur Mas (L) greets Basque regional president, Inigo Urkullu during the proclamation of the new King of Spain at the Parliament's Lower House, in Madrid, Spain, 19 June 2014.

Despite describing Madrid’s policy towards minorities as “zero-intelligent,” the Basque premier dismissed the Catalan model of unilaterally proclaiming independence

The Prime Minister of the Basque Country (Euskadi), Iñigo Urkullu, dismissed the Catalan model of unilateral independence on Wednesday.

Urkulu said that Madrid’s “zero intelligence” policy towards cultural diversity may have triggered the standoff with Catalonia, but that “an EU member state cannot be created overnight.” He dismissed the call of the left-wing opposition in the Basque regional parliament to follow Catalonia with a self-rule referendum in 2016. On Tuesday, parties associated wi...

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