Rajoy pledges economic boost if ‘normalcy’ returns to Catalonia

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pledged on Saturday that the country’s economic growth could reach three percent next year, well ahead of forecasts, if Catalonia returns to “normalcy” after the region’s secessionist drive.

At the height of the Catalan independence drive in mid-October, the central government in Madrid had lowered its 2018 growth forecast to 2.3 percent from 2.6 percent, a marked decline from the 3.1 percent expected …