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Forum on Geopolitics hosts former Catalonian president

last modified Jun 26, 2017 12:46 PM
The Forum on Geopolitics was honoured to host Artur Mas, the 129th president of the Generalitat of Catalonia.



On the 19th of June, President Mas gave a lecture entitled "The geopolitical significance of the Catalan referendum" to the Forum on Geopolitics. He explained some of the tensions between the Catalonian and Spanish government as regards the upcoming referendum, called for 1 October by Catalonia's current president, Carles Puigdemont. Mas was additionally careful to emphasise that the purpose of this referendum was to measure support to pursue independence, and that the finer details of an independent Catalonia would need to be subject to negotiation in the future. 

In discussion with the audience, Mas emphasised that Catalonia greatly valued its relationship with the European Union. He further went on to state that while Catalonia is responsible for nearly one-fifth of Spain's gross domestic product, it receives under 10% of Spain's national budget. This, according to Mas, illustrated that Catalonia could thrive as an independent state. Indeed, Mas expressed hope for Catalonia to become the "Mediterranean Denmark", with robust--yet sustainable-- social support and thriving infrastructure. 

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