Catalan President Artur Mas arrives at a meeting of the executives of the Catalan government at Palau de la Generalitat in Barcelona April 8, 2014. Spain's parliament is to vote on April 8 on a ... more 
Catalan President Artur Mas arrives at a meeting of the executives of the Catalan government at Palau de la Generalitat in Barcelona April 8, 2014. Spain's parliament is to vote on April 8 on a petition from the Catalan parliament seeking the power to call a vote on the region's independence. In January 2013, Catalonia's regional parliament unanimously adopted a declaration of self-determination saying the people had the right to vote on breaking away from the rest of Spain. Mas has promised to hold a referendum on secession from Spain Nov. 9, saying Catalonia should be a separate state within the European Union and the euro zone. REUTERS/TGustau Nacarino (SPAIN - Tags: POLITICS) less 
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