What now? There is great confusion in the land of Spain, and no one can say whether this is a good thing or not. By the decision of the government in Madrid, regional elections will be held in Catalonia on Dec. 21, but the political uncertainty surrounding this date cannot be greater.
It is not yet known at the moment whether the pro-independence forces will participate or decide to be no-shows, and thus not recognize the legitimacy of the next parliament in Barcelona and the autonomous government that will result.
The debate is open, and, from what one can tell, both positions have weighty supporters: Artur Mas, Carles Puigdemont’s predecessor at the head of the Generalitat, seems to be pushing for participating with regular lists, while the anti-capitalists of the CUP have already announced that, for them, Dec. 21 will not be a day at the polling booths but a day for “a massive rebel paella.”