That is the 9th November to 'Muricans. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor...-vows-to-block-Catalan-independence-vote.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25353086 http://edition.cnn.com/2013/12/12/world/europe/spain-catalonia-vote/ There is even a brief (and quite incomplete) wiki article, which is nevertheless useful to see how things are in general. As it stands, the current issues are on the legality of the referendum itself. According to the Spanish Constitution, only the central government can call for one. The Catalan Parliament will soon approve a proposition to ask the Congress to transfer that power over to the Generalitat (Catalan government) according to article 150.2 of the Constitution, iirc. However, it is known and held for sure that such request will be denied by the Congress in Madrid. Meanwhile, everyone there still talks of "President Mas" and "Catalan parties" leading the Catalan people down a way with no exit, while President Mas is simply fulfilling an electoral promise that is very much to the satisfaction of his voters and most of the people in Catalonia as a whole, if the last election results are anything to go by. Something really funny is that a Madrid newspaper held a poll asking if the voters would be in favour of prohibiting the referendum from being held, and when 60% of the votes were for 'No', they changed "prohibit" for "permit". Is it that the politicians in Madrid are going against the wishes of the very same people they claim to defend and protect? Shouldn't the referendum be held? Shouldn't the Constitution be changed if necessary the very same way they did it (fast and quiet) when Europe imposed a deficit ceiling? Isn't the purpose of a democracy to make governance closer to what the people want and think?