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Tuesday promises to be a historic day for the future of Catalonia. On that day, the president of the regional community, Carles Puigdemont, will have to bow to the most radical sector of the parliament and unilaterally declare the independence of Catalonia, or suspend this serious decision and open a process of negotiation with the central government of Madrid.

Declaring independence will definitively close the door on negotiations and allow the Spanish president, Mariano Rajoy, to apply article 155 of the constitution, under which Madrid assumes control of the regional government (Generalitat) and puts its leaders outside the law, starting with Puigdemont.

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