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Tuesday, 25 september 2012 | Daily Telegraph

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Recommended article: "Be Very Careful, Beloved Spain" by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

We want to recommend the article "Be Very Careful, Beloved Spain" by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard published in The Daily Telegraph.

Some excerpts:

Two weeks ago I was interviewed by the Catalan newspaper El Punt Avui. I said it would be unthinkable for the Spanish state to stop Catalan secession by military force.  
Such action would violate EU Treaties and lead to Spain’s suspension from the European Union. You do not do such things in the early 21st Century.
"No pots ser membre de la UE si utilitzes la força" was the headline. 
I may have underestimated the vigour of the Spanish officer corps.

(...) Do they (the military threatening Catalonia) speak for the Armed Forces? One assumes not. One awaits a categorical denial from King Juan Carlos, from premier Mariano Rajoy, and from the cupula of the Armed Forces that such a course action is being considered.

(...) (My own bias, by the way, is that I am a Welsh supporter of the British union, so in Spanish terms I would perhaps be a Catalan supporter of Spanish unity… but only by democratic means. Force changes everything).

(...) When things go wrong, they really go wrong. Cuidado, Querida España.


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