Euro Crackup Pushes Catalonia Closer to Independence
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  • Pete

    “Will the Basques stay in if the Catalans go?”

    Does a bear defecate in the woods?

  • jeburke

    I was in Barcelona for several days earlier this month and was stunned by the near-universal sentiment for independence. Everywhere there are flags of the notional Catalan independent state (not the provincial flag). Walk along any street lined with apartment buildings and you’ll see half the apartments displaying these flags, while nowhere except on buildings housing national government entities and a few luxury hotels will you see a Spanish flag.

    As if the rev this sentiment up further, the city just opened an exhibit devoted to the history of Catalunia which centers on the story of how the Spanish Bourbon monarchy crushed a long-independent Catalan state by ruthless force and abolished its once revered constitution. While this may be part myth, it’s a powerful myth and one that seems to be embraced by most Catalans.

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