A Statute was endorsed by Spain’s constitutional court on Monday, while increasing the self-govt. of the northeastern areas of Catalonia. The region had been under a constant challenge by the conservatives, advocating a strong central state.
It took 4 years for the court to make this decision that was not only controversial but it was also politically sensitive at many levels. Typically, for the good of all the people, a statute is used for commanding or prohibiting at an official level.
But due to the oppositions from Spain’s main opposition People’s Party and its long line of court appeals against the autonomy statute, the court approval process was hindered. Members of the People’s party opposed the statute on the basis of a fear of endangering Spain’s unity.
On the bright side, the Constitutional Court only left out 14 articles of the statute and approved the remaining articles that were somewhere near 200+ in number. The court stressed that the document doesn’t have a legal value in terms of defining the 7.4 million Catalans as a nation.
Catalonia is considered to be a region of great power with a police force of its own and a right to use the Catalan language. The court endorsement wouldn’t have come as a surprise because the Catalan regional government threatened to stage an institutional crisis if the statue wasn’t approved.