Catalonia Votes In Majority Pro-Independence Coalition

Newspapers are displayed featuring the results at the Catalan regional election next to an Estelada', the pro-independence Catalan flag, at a news stand in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017.
Newspapers are displayed featuring the results at the Catalan regional election next to an Estelada', the pro-independence Catalan flag, at a news stand in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. AP Photo/Manu Fernandez
Newspapers are displayed featuring the results at the Catalan regional election next to an Estelada', the pro-independence Catalan flag, at a news stand in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017.
Newspapers are displayed featuring the results at the Catalan regional election next to an Estelada', the pro-independence Catalan flag, at a news stand in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. AP Photo/Manu Fernandez

Catalonia Votes In Majority Pro-Independence Coalition

The central government of Spain in Madrid called elections in Catalonia, hoping to squash the autonomous region’s independence movement. The vote happened yesterday and Catalans did the opposite of what Madrid hoped.

With 80 percent turnout, Catalan’s pro-independence parties won a combined majority in the regional parliament. Ousted Catalan President and independence figurehead Carles Puigdemont has called for new talks with Spain. He wants them to take place in Brussels, where he’s been in exile since October’s unrecognized independence referendum went sideways.

To discuss, we’re joined by Dr. Gloria Arfelis, a Chicago-based clinical psychologist. She’s a dual U.S.-Spanish citizen originally from Catalonia and she traveled to her hometown yesterday to vote. Arfelis fills us in on how things have played out since the election.