The eurozone crisis has brought down more than one government but until now it has not called into question the survival of the nation state itself. Yet that is what appears to be happening in Spain, a development dramatised by this week’s outpouring of separatist fervour in Catalonia.
On Tuesday, up to 1.5m Catalans rallied in the streets of Barcelona behind the slogan “Catalonia, a new state in Europe”. The plurinational Spain, built upon a highly devolved system of regional government after the end of the Franco dictatorship, now risks break-up.
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