Ever since the global financial crisis of 2008, a secessionist movement has been picking up speed in the Catalonia region of Spain. This is due to the fact that Catalonia happens to be the most prosperous state in Spain, and many of their residents are tired of paying more taxes than their countrymen, while receiving less in return. In addition, Catalonia has its own unique history, language and culture that has been suppressed by the Spanish government in the past.
This secession movement crossed a crucial milestone over the weekend, when the secession supporting parties gained the majority of seats in Catalonia’s regional parliament. After the votes were tallied on Sunday, the pro-independence parties managed to take 72 out of 135 seats. However, some are calling the election a failure since the secessionists failed to receive a majority of the popular vote, and won only 1.9 million of the 4 million ballots that were cast. Catalonia’s parliamentary system tends to favor secession supporting rural regions, whereas the densely populated urban core of Barcelona isn’t as comfortable with the idea. Either way, most polls show that a majority of the population wants a referendum on secession, while those that actually support secession are evenly divided.
The Spanish government is still determined to prevent the region from seceding, and has repeatedly dismissed the movement. More importantly, they view the move as unconstitutional, and the heavily indebted central government can’t afford to let this prosperous region go. As the secession movement continues to grow and the emboldened secessionist parties push for a referendum, we will soon find out just how far Madrid is willing to go to keep their borders intact.
See how Catalonia’s secession could lead to another Spanish civil war.
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