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La Vanguardia - Spain | Thursday, September 18, 2014

Brits show world how to do democracy

On the day of the Scottish referendum the people of Catalonia, also striving for independence, regard with envy the mutually respectful dialogue between London and Edinburgh which is lacking in Spain, the Catalan daily La Vanguardia observes: "London always responded to the growing support for independence with a willingness to talk and negotiate. And on Sunday it reinforced this stance with a document signed by the leaders of the UK's three major parties (Cameron for the Conservatives, Miliband for Labour and Clegg for the Liberals) in which they undertake to strengthen Scotland's autonomous powers and maintain the present levels of public investment. Therefore regardless of the referendum's outcome Scotland and the UK can be proud of carrying out an impeccable democratic process, in which the delicate matter of secession has been tackled with the best tools: mutual respect, dialogue and a willingness to make compromises."

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