Financial Times. Free Spain from the consequences of Catalonia’s autonomy 18oct2012
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Sir, As one of the growing number of Spaniards who would like the Catalans to secede once and for all so that we can concentrate on getting our country out of the economic mess it is in, I agree with Gideon Rachman’s analysis (“The forbidden fruit tempting a secession”, October 16).
I would simply add that when Barcelona fell in 1714, it was during the War of Spanish Succession between the two pretenders to the throne after Charles II died without an heir: the Austrian Habsburgs and the French Bourbons. Catalonia backed the Habsburgs who – with hindsight, unfortunately for Spain – lost.
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