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Catalonia: The fight for independence explained

Catalans are pushing ahead with an independence referendum despite police raids and Madrid's vow to prevent the vote at any cost.



SPAIN IN CHAOS: 40,000 Catalonians protest at brutal crackdown of independence bid


SPANISH authorities have stepped up their drive to prevent the Catalonia independence referendum taking place by raiding 31 town halls across the region.


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I think European independence movements are bizarre, just as an outsider looking in. Yes we know, the lines were drawn in the wrong places after the war, yes we know, you are still mad because your neighbor conquered you in 1576, yes we know, those people in the other part of the country are lazy and all your tax dollars are going to them, bla bla bla bla bla bla.


European states are already tiny compared to the world's other highly developed regions. They are not going to solve their problems by splitting off, be it by splitting from the EU or by chopping countries in two.

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