Policy Network. Catalan secessionism: More than just the economy. 25.01.2013
Read the full article here
Catalan nationalism has been prevalent for a long time, but the current climate is strengthening calls for a showdown with central government in Madrid
The recent upsurge of the secessionist movement in Catalonia is liable to over simplification. At a time when Spain’s economic situation is making the news day in, day out, the easy answer to the calls for Catalan secession is that it’s all about the crisis.
Indeed the crisis pervades the reading of every single political episode in the country these days, and it definitely has something to do with the sudden rise of the pro-independence movement. Yet the full story is much less straightforward – and probably much less compelling, too – than is usually heard from improvised accounts of the matter.