End of democracy: Frightened Rajoy activates Article 155 for Catalonia
The previously untapped article of Spain's constitution will enable Madrid to seize powers from the wealthy northeastern region.
Rajoy listed four goals for enacting Article 155: A return to legality, to recover normality and co-existence, to continue with economic recovery and to have an election in Catalonia in "normal political circumstances".
The Catalan government will be dissolved as a result.
Rajoy, who leads a minority government, has the support of the centre-left Socialist party and centre-right Citizens party, which will be enough votes to enact Article 155.
But the measure has never been used, is only two paragraphs long and does not provide a blueprint for implementation. ■