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SPAIN Separatism Spreads in Catalonia Emilio Morenatti / AP Photo

Separatism Spreads in Catalonia

The flag of Catalonia has flown a little more frequently, as people in Barcelona and elsewhere in the region wonder if they might be better off breaking away from Spain. While a referendum will be held Thursday on whether or not Catalans want their independence—a move Spain says would be unconstitutional—it seems unlikely that such a drastic split will actually take place, even as citizens grow more frustrated with Spain’s economic woes. “I think we would be better if we can manage our money,” one Catalan said. “I think we would do much better.”

September 30, 2012 7:51 AM