The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, has sent a letter to the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, formalizing Spain’s support for the Moroccan project of limited autonomy for Western Sahara, a former colony of Madrid.
A reversal thanks to which the Spanish power intends to end the crisis with the Cherifian kingdom which opened in April 2021. The Madrid executive then secretly welcomed the secretary general of the Polisario Front [mouvement indépendantiste sahraoui]and relations with its southern neighbor had become strained.
A historic turning point
This new position indeed marks a historic turning point: for more than forty years, Spain has observed a cautious neutrality on the question of Western Sahara, pleading in favor of a Morocco-Polisario agreement placed under the auspices of the UN, which demands a self-determination referendum. By aligning itself with the Moroccan position, Madrid has today recognized that the Saharawi territory remains under the authority of Rabat and enjoys very limited prerogatives. Spain renounces to affirm the right to self-determination of the Sahara, yields to Moroccan demands and ratifies the occupation of this territory by the Cherifian kingdom.
The Moroccan plan, drawn up in 2007, had been gaining ground for some t
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“L’Avant-Garde” was founded in 1881 in Barcelona by the Godó family, who still own it. This Berlin-format daily is the second in the country in terms of circulation, and number one in Catalonia, just ahead of El Periodico de Catalunya. In today’s Catalonia, the newspaper advocates moderate regionalism.
Since 2011, La Vanguardia also exists in a Catalan version. Until then, “the oldest, most widely read, best-selling and most influential daily newspaper published in Catalonia” appeared only in Spanish, unlike its challenger El Periodico de Catalunya, which has existed in the two official languages of the region since 1997. The newspaper thus puts an end to what it describes as“anomaly” and puts itself in phase with a society which, for thirty years, has been educated in the regional language. To illustrate its first front page in Catalan, the newspaper had chosen a work by Tàpies, but the capture and death of Osama bin Laden decided otherwise.