Catalonia is talking the talk

Thursday, 27 September, 2012

Those who thought up the euro never imagined that their beloved project would boost Catalan separatism, but the single currency is a gift that keeps on giving. For radical Catalans, the euro crisis has turned into a Heaven-sent opportunity to point out that the Spanish system effectively transfers funds from their prosperous region to the more profligate ones. This, of course, is exactly what the proponents of Eurobonds wish. Catalonia has had enough of paying for Andalusia and Extremadura, and it now dreams of going it alone in Catalan, as opposed to Castilian.

After filling the streets of Barcelona earlier this month with more than a million marchers demanding independence, Catalan President Artur Mas has called for regional elections to be held two years early, which bodes ill for national unity. The crisis leaves Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy stuck between a rock and a hard place as the more Madrid pushes for greater austerity in the regions, the more it boosts the separatists in Catalonia, who believe that they are paying too much for the country’s failed economic policies. But because Spain would veto any attempt at a secessionist Catalonia to join the EU, this one is bound to end in tears for all involved.

Crisis in Catalonia

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