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Saturday, 13 october 2012 | CNN

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Recommended article: "Spain's next threat: Losing 20% of its economy" (CNN)

We recommended the article "Spain's next threat: Losing 20% of its economy" by Oliver Joy published in the CNN.

Some excerpts:
London (CNN) – It's September 11, 2012. The National Day of Catalonia. And an estimated two million people are on the streets of Barcelona waving banners "Catalonia – The next state in Europe" and "Independencia." (...)

Losing 20% of the economy is the last thing the Spanish government needs right now. But if those calling for Catalan independence get their way, that could be exactly what happens.
Catalonia – a region in the northeast of Spain and home to global brands and tourist attractions including Barcelona Football Club and the Gaudi House Museum – represents one fifth of the Spanish economy. (...)

After the country's military dictator, Franco, died in 1975, Catalans thought that they could be part of a country that recognized its different cultures, languages and nations, (professor) Sala-i-Martin said. Initially, that looked possible.

But then: "In 1981, after the military coup attempt, the monster woke up," the Columbia professor added. "All the Spanish institutions reinterpreted the constitution in ways that did not allow Catalunya to feel comfortable within that country."

In 2010, the Spanish constitutional courts ruled that although the term "nation" could be applied to Catalonia, the description had no legal validity. The recession and financial crisis of 2008 then exacerbated the tensions between Catalonia and Madrid, Sala-i-Martin said. (...)

The Catalan people are becoming steadily disillusioned with the economic management from Madrid, says Sala-i-Martin. He said: "If Spain came back today with an offer to solve the financial problems, most Catalans would still like to be given the right to vote for independence."


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