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December 6, 2015

Proposed constitutional reforms spark protests in Armenia. Opposition forces gathered in the Armenian capital of Yerevan this week to protest constitutional amendments proposed by President Serzh Sargsyan that would establish a parliamentary system of government and consolidate political power in the office of the prime minister. Critics claim that the reform plan is a maneuver to allow Sargsyan to remain in power after the end of his term; a formal referendum on the amendments is scheduled for December 6.
Top Spanish court declares Catalan independence resolution unconstitutional. On Wednesday, Spain's Constitutional Court annulled a motion passed by the Catalan parliament last month that outlined a plan for independence by 2017. In an interview with Cadena Ser radio, acting Catalan President Artur Mas stated that Catalonia would pursue measures to secede, including a second secession referendum, in spite of the court ruling.
France considering constitutional amendments to extend state of emergency. Following President François Hollande's address to parliament in which he called for expanded government powers in cases of emergency, lawmakers are reportedly considering a draft law that would allow states of emergency and the suspension of various civil rights to continue indefinitely. According to government sources, senior members of parliament are expected to review the amendments later today, and proposed constitutional amendments are expected to be submitted to ministers on December 23.
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