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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Friday, September 12, 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."

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