Only a free and fair vote can break the deadlock currently facing one of Spain’s most prosperous regions.
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Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has intervened for the first time in the EU referendum debate, saying Britain could be left with a raw deal if it leaves.
Spain has given up the battle to rescue its ailing banks alone and accepted a European bailout of up to €100bn to join Greece, Ireland and Portugal in requesting outside aid to survive Europe's debt crisis.
Spain is warning that Europe's single currency will unravel unless its leaders decide within weeks to centralise budget and tax policies in the eurozone and agree on a strategy to pool responsibility for failing banks.
The conservative Spanish government of Mariano Rajoy expects to take direct financial control of at least one of the country's ailing regional governments by May, according to sources in Madrid.