Financial Times – Q&A: Catalonia’s sovereignty push

Note from Reagrupament International

It is imporant to add some information missing in this article. FT states that “Catalonia’s economy has struggled in recent years: its per capita disposable income and labour productivity have grown more slowly than the Spanish average.”. This is due to an endemic lack of investment in infrastructures of the Spanish state in Catalunya, which negatively affects its productivity.  One of the main economic reasons for independence is to use Catalan money to improve Catalan infrastructures. 

Q. Is Spain going to break up as a state?

A. At present this appears unlikely. But pro-independence pressures are developing rapidly in Catalonia, the most powerful of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions. It is the most serious test of the decentralised Spanish system of government since the nation returned to democracy in the late 1970s after Franco’s dictatorship.

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Q. When did the idea of Catalan independence take off?

A. Catalonia has a proud tradition of self-rule dating from the Middle Ages. The Catalan revolt against Spanish overlordship in 1640 and the subsequent war, resulting in Catalonia’s defeat, reverberate to this day. In recent times a decisive moment came in 2010 when Spain’s constitutional court largely rejected a new statute of autonomy for Catalonia approved by the national parliament in 2006. The statute was favoured by Spain’s former Socialist government but opposed by the centre-right Partido Popular, which now holds power in Madrid.

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