by Harry Hart
According to the Guardian, Spain is invoking article 155 What does this mean? It simply means that Catalonia’s autonomy is suspended and Spain will impose direct rule. Why does it matter? It matters simply because the political backdrop in Europe is becoming increasingly treacherous and this will likely spur a greater drive for Catalonia to push for independence. Given Rajoy and Spain’s draconian and fascism inspired response to the prior Catalan referendum, we are surprised Rajoy didn’t grant Spain prima nocta Longshanks style.