Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

Sunday, 2 august 2009 | The Economist


A Public Reply to The Economist (III)

Dear Sirs

One perverse feature of Spain’s admittedly flawed devolution system is that it’s taken for granted that some constituents will keep feeding the state’s kitty while others are guaranteed an open-ended free ride. Mr. Zapatero’s latest fiscal sleight of hand (“All must have prizes”, July 30, 2009) doesn’t even pretend to change that. And yet, The Economist is quick to declare Catalonia –a net contributor to the tune of 10% of its GDP, 21 billion euros a year– a winner. In fact, all that can be guessed from the Government’s muddled math is that if all goes well –a big if given the dire condition of the country’s economy– by 2012 Catalans might –just might– end up handing out to the state every year only 17 billion euros more than they’ll get back in public services and investments, a figure that still represents 8% of Catalan GDP. In other words, every Catalan will be sending to Madrid, year in and year out, 2,300 euros, or one and a third times the equivalent of the average monthly salary, in exchange for nothing. Would anyone care to explain how that makes Catalans winners in the Spanish game?

Col·lectiu Emma is a network of Catalan professionals living in different countries who have made it their job to try and set the record straight on news items published in the international press relating to different aspects of the Catalan economy and society


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