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Thursday, 27 september 2012 | Financial Times

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Financial Times – Q&A: Catalonia’s sovereignty push

(Published in the Financial Times: "Q&A: Catalonia’s sovereignty push") 

Q. Is Spain going to break up as a state? 

A. At present this appears unlikely. But pro-independence pressures are developing rapidly in Catalonia, the most powerful of Spain's 17 autonomous regions. It is the most serious test of the decentralised Spanish system of government since the nation returned to democracy in the late 1970S after Franco's dictatorship.

Q. How will Spain's economic crisis affect the outcome? 

A. In one sense it fuels the secessionist mood in Catalonia. It causes Catalans to blame their economic troubles on a national tax system which, in their view, obliges them to make a disproportionate contribution to the rest of Spain. In another sense it strengthens the hand of the central government in Madrid. Catalonia has appealed for €sbn in liquidity assistance from a government fund for debt-stricken regions. Predictably, Madrid wants, in return, to see the Catalans exercise self-restraint on the independence question.

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