Catalonia’s president has called to ‘suspend effects of independence declaration’ – potentially upsetting both sides of the secession debate

The long-awaited speech in which Catalonia’s president declared independence – only to immediately suspend it – was so wrapped in conditionalities and ambiguity that it will likely be interpreted in a thousand different ways.

Some will say that Carles Puigdemont was trying to blackmail the Spanish state, others that he was holding out an olive branch.

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