Catalonia's conservative Convergence & Union and Republican Left parties have agreed to form...

|By:, SA News Editor

Catalonia's conservative Convergence & Union and Republican Left parties have agreed to form a coalition and hold a referendum in 2014 on independence from Spain. The surge of pro-independence sentiment has followed the country's economic crisis and increased the headaches for Spanish PM Mariano as he tries to impose budget discipline on the regions. Still, Rajoy probably has the power to prevent the referendum.