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Corriere della Sera - Italy | 12/09/2014

Catalans more adamant than the Scots

Hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Barcelona on Catalonia's 300th National Day to demand that the independence referendum planned for November 9 be allowed to take place. Catalan separatism is far more dangerous than that of the Scots, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera warns: "Whereas once the Scottish referendum on September 18 is over, London and Edinburgh will come to some kind of arrangement at the negotiating table, the Catalan issue is destined to drag on for years, with a growing potential for conflict. At the holiday camps on the Mediterranean the Catalan and Castilian children didn't just fight about whether Messi's Barça or Ronaldo's Real Madrid was the better team but also repeated what they had heard at home: 'Selfish Catalans', 'Fascist Spaniards'. The rift is growing. The weapons are ready for use. Sooner or later someone will be tempted to reach for them."

Corriere della Sera - Italy | 17/12/2013

Catalonia on the wrong path

Catalonia's government announced plans last Thursday for a referendum on the independence of the region, which the central government in Madrid promptly rejected. The liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera sees such separatist movements as a bad idea: "If this new European trend of tailor-made home countries catches on, within a few years Flanders and the Basque country will push for their own independence, perhaps followed by Padania [the northern Italian region whose independence the right-wing populist Lega Nord is seeking] and Bavaria. ... All Europe is asking what is the more efficient form of government today: government at the central or regional level. ... The old military advantages of the nation are doubtless a thing of the past. ... But medium-sized states are having trouble curbing the power of multinational companies and the global financial system. ... As long as the EU continues to be more like a cover shrouding individual states than an independent entity, Catalonia by itself would be far more vulnerable to crises than as part of the Spanish state - even if that state lacks growth."

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