Tuesday, 11 September 2012 19:54
BARCELONA: Leader of Cataloia warned on Monday that the region will open a path to "freedom" unless it reaches a deal with the Spanish government on disputed economic policies.
"If there is not an agreement on the economic basis, you know that the way of Catalonia for freedom is open," Catalonia's regional leader Artur Mas said in English at a news conference.
He spoke as tens of thousands gathered in Barcelona to mark the northeastern region's national day, or Diada.
"My goal is to try to reach an agreement with the central government on the economic area and to try to protect Catalonia and to give our country the tools we need to build our future, our national future," Mas said.
Catalonia, whose economy is larger than Portugal's, accounts for a fifth of Spanish output.
But it is being squeezed by austerity cuts and an economic crisis that has put one in four people out ...