Artur Mas: Catalonia's unlikely independence champion

Observers wonder how a moderate conservative, upper middle-class economist like Catalonia's regional government president and leader of the Catalan Democratic Convergence party Artur Mas, came to court the wrath of SpainCatalonia’s leader Artur Mas admits that he was not always a nationalist. Observers wonder at how a moderate conservative, upper middle-class economist came to court the wrath of Spain by trying to break its richest region away from it. “To some he is an example of loyalty to his homeland and to others he is someone who will lead it to disaster,” said Jordi Amat, a writer specialising in Catalan nationalism.

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