Fiscal Woes Fade For Catalan’s Independence Fervor | WBUR & NPR

An “unofficial referendum” for Catalonia moves closer to separation:

The economic crisis has reawakened old resentments. “We are not Spaniards — we have a different culture, different language, different attitude” says lung surgeon Christian Domingo. “We are different people.”

Like many Catalans, Domingo says his region is being exploited.  “The Spanish government comes here, invests 10 percent and gets 100 percent,” he says. “And this is what you do with colonies.”

The pro-independence tide turned two months ago, when huge numbers of people took to the streets of Barcelona on Catalan National Day. The leader of the regional government, Artur Mas, a center-right politician — who has long been criticized for financial mismanagement — seized the moment.

via Fiscal Woes Fade For Catalan’s Independence Fervor | WBUR & NPR.


4 thoughts on “Fiscal Woes Fade For Catalan’s Independence Fervor | WBUR & NPR”

  1. Since the the Spiraling Debt Crisis that happened in Spain, there has been a growth in the Catalan nationalism movement. September 21, the Rajoy fail to reach an agreement with the Catatonia leader. Artur Mas, the leader of the Catalonia group and the Mr. Rajoy were negociating about the tax changes, that were likely to increase. “The people and society of Catalonia are on the move, as we have seen on Sept. 11, and not willing to accept that our future will be gray when it could be more brilliant,” Mr. Mas said at a news conference in Spain. ( Due to such division, Mas is thinking of calling an early election in order to take advantage of the moment and the strength of the nationalist movement. Artur Mas said, “Whatever path Catalonia follows, it needs to be European and about dialogue and doing things together, either within Spain or with Spain.”

  2. This just really interesting, although voter’s favored the right to decide on possible independence the vote was split. The two Catalonian parties with the majority of the vote share the same goal of holding the referendum. However, it would be difficult for parties to make a coalition and share power since they have different perspectives on economic issues. The split of the vote can either make the process faster or slow it down. Interestingly enough, the problem is not just the Catalonian people seeking to obtain independence but it is also that parties disagree on the economic actions that should be taking right now, especially during crisis. While some support austerity others do not. I do not think this is a good time to strive for independence specially when unemployment is so high and the economy has not gotten any better.

  3. This article brings to mind questions concerning the extent to which nationality and nationalism are defined by economic success and processes. In the case of Catalonia, because Spain’s economy has begun to become weaker, Catalonians have increased their calls for independence. Because they are generally more successful, they don’t want to be tied to the erst of Spain, which is experiencing an economic downturn. Catalonians are angry because they believe that their taxes are being siphoned off to shore up the economy of Spain.
    The following article offers an interesting perspective on the idea of “economic nationalism” in Catalonia, arguing that the cost of independence would be greater than what Catalonia is paying to Spain right now.

  4. Two things come to mind. First, the Quebecois in Canada. Generally their conditions seem economically similarly to the Catalans, and they deal with it in the same way, strongly promoting National Pride, or creating a separate nation to have pride in. The Basque people also experienced the repression by the Marco administration and were also threatened with death for speaking Basque. They come from the Northwestern region of Spain, and also believe they could do considerably better economically as an independant nation. These strong pulls for nationalism lead people to combine all these groups culturally and economically but their fiscal capabilities are very different. Basque is not as loud and proud about their independence yet, but are also much more financially stable.

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