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Wednesday, 25 june 2014 | Financial Times

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Recommended: Crisis of trust as economic downturn in Spain ends (Financial Times)

We recommend the following article "Crisis of trust as economic downturn in Spain ends" by Tobias Buck, which was originally published in the Financial Times on June 23rd 2014.


A few excerpts:


In the region of Catalonia [...] more and more people say they want to have nothing to do with the state of Spain. Secessionist pressures are on the rise, and will come to a head in November, when the regional government plans a referendum on Catalonia’s political future.

The biggest challenge, without doubt, lies in Catalonia, where disaffection with Spain has reached such proportions that a large share of the population – perhaps as many as half – are seeking a historic break with the rest of the country.

[...] the Rajoy government seems to be pinning its hopes on the region’s commercial elite and middle class. The assumption in Madrid is that, sooner or later, the economic risks associated with independence will drive a wedge between mainstream Catalan society and the secessionist movement. The anti-independence camp also hopes disaffection with Spain will start to decrease as the broader economy improves.

It is a hope, however, that appears fanciful to say the least. “Here in Madrid, they just don’t understand the seriousness of the Catalan problem,” says one well-connected business leader in the Spanish capital.



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